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Who's Using My Gmail?!

Ever wondered if someone else was using your Gmail account? Did you know that Gmail gives you a tool to check on this very thing? It's called "Last Account Activity" and it's available to every Gmail user.

Logo: GmailLast account activity shows you information about recent activity in your mail. Recent activity includes any time that your mail was accessed using a regular web browser, a Post Office Protocol (POP) client, a mobile device, a third-party application etc. It lists the Internet Protocol (IP) address that accessed your mail, the associated location, as well as the time and date.

To see your account activity, click the "Details" link next to the Last account activity line at the bottom of any Gmail page. If you notice anything suspicious:

  1. Change your University Internet ID password at Internet Account Options.
  2. Sign in to your email and check your "Last Account Activity" again.
    • Click or select "Sign Out All Other Sessions" to end any open sessions.
  3. Check your email settings for unauthorized changes (at Gmail - Settings).
    • Check your Filters tab; delete any entry added without your knowledge.
    • Check your Forwarding tab; delete any forwarding added without your knowledge.
  4. Check your University Internet ID account for any unauthorized settings at Internet Account Options.
    • Verify that your forwarding and self-service secrets haven't been changed.
    • Verify that direct deposit routing information hasn't been changed.
  5. Verify your personal information in MyU under "My Info."
    • Verify that your name and address are correct (hackers will sometimes change these).

If you discover anything changed or suspicious, report it immediately by emailing abuse@umn.edu for guidance.