Google adds Recent Activity to the Accounts Security dashboard - gHacks Tech News

Google adds Recent Activity to the Accounts Security dashboard

Google has been displaying account activity information on Gmail for some years now. The feature, available with a click on details on the service's start page, highlights the most recent sign in activity. It not only highlights the access type, e.g. browser or pop3/smtp, but also the country and IP address the sign in was made from and the date & time of the connection.

If you are from the US and suddenly spot a connection from another country, it may very well be that your account got hacked.You do not necessarily have to open the page in this case, as Google is warning you automatically when it notices unusual account activities.

The new Recent Activity feature works in a similar fashion but in a broader scope. Instead of just highlighting sign ins, it covers other areas of interest such as the creation or deletion of app passwords, the change of the account password, or changes to the account's recovery options.

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You can open the Recent Activity dashboard either from this link directly, or with a click on the profile photo of the account in the header when you are on a Google property, the selection of Account, a click on Security and then finally Recent Activity.

Google displays the location the activity was recorded from on a map on the right. It is using the IP of the connection to determine the location which works well unless a proxy or virtual private network was used.

You can click on details here to display the full IP address, browser version and platform which may provide you with additional information about the legitimacy of the activity.

A button lets you change the account password right away on the page if you spot suspicious account activities.

Unlike Gmail's activity report, which lists only sign ins to Gmail, the Recent Activity report highlights sign ins from all Google products. Note though that this covers only web-based sign ins and not the retrieval of emails or other related activities.

It is a good idea to check the page regularly to make sure that no one but you got access to your account.

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  1. BobbyPhoenix said on June 13, 2013 at 9:23 am
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    Nice tip. Thanks.

  2. SFer said on June 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm
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    Thanks for this, Martin!
    Very practical tip…

  3. Julia said on June 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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    Yes, good tip! Thanks!

  4. sarah said on April 5, 2014 at 4:25 am
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    Can this be deleted and how?

  5. Andy McClements said on September 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    Sadly, this artical appears to be obsolete, as Google appears now to have *removed* the ability of a user to view historical login activity at https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity ! All there is at the time of writing (13th September 2015) is the single most recent login. This doesn’t say much for Google’s committment to security. I am considering leaving Google, after well over ten years.

  6. Dinesh Belakare said on April 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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    Hi Martin,

    Now google shows only last 28 days activities.
    Do you know any alternative to view logs beyond this time limit.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thank You

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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      Don’t know any option other than that unfortunately.

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