Google Monitor Email For Suspicious Activity

Google have reported that they will begin to scan accounts for suspicious email activity.

With the aim of tackling cybercrime and spam, Google will impose a new system which monitors when accounts are accessed and from what IP address.

The new feature will enable users to be able to view a log in history and will be warned when the account is accessed from a different region. An opportunity to change log in details will be given on the same screen as this warning.

The aim of the system is to prevent hackers from hijacking accounts and launching spam attacks on friends and family.

Google engineering director Pavni Diwanji said, "While we don't have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed, a login appearing to come from one country and occurring a few hours after a login from another country may trigger an alert.

"Keep in mind," he warned, "that these notifications are meant to alert you of suspicious activity but are not a replacement for account security best practices."

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