Google appears to have increased the sending of warning emails to Google account owners when a Google is accessed from a new device or application.
Google cares about security
Google is taking this action to help account owners keep their accounts secure and safe. According to the emails sent by Google.
“We take security very seriously and we want to keep you in the loop on important actions in your account.”
The email will tell you what kind of device (PC, mobile device, etc..) was used to log in. What time of day the login occurred. And the geographic location of the device when it was used to login (they make a very educated guess with this information by using the IP address)
Google has been sending emails like this in the past. However, I have noticed an increase in the volume of these emails. This can cause frustration for small businesses and organizations that share a Google account. Many take these emails as a sign that they need to change their Google password to keep their account safe. This is not always the case.
How These Emails Are Triggered
According to the email itself you may receive one of these emails if…
- Google is unable to determine whether or not your have used the browser you are signing in from before.
- Google is unable to determine whether or not you have used the devices you are signing in from before.
This can happen if you are using a new device, browsing in incognito mode or private browsing mode, or signing in from a new app.
What Should I Do?
If you receive one of these emails there are a few things you should do before you panic and change your password.
- Check the login info provided in the email. Does it seem suspicious?
- If the Google account is shared with a team of people, check with them to make sure that the login came from someone on your team?
- If anything seems suspicious, change your login information and let your team know the password has been changed.