Eek! How to Tell If Someone Is Reading Your Email

No, we’re not implying a loved one is reading your secrets--although this tip would help with that, too. We’re referring to those pesky defrauders who hack into your email and wreak havoc. (Ever receive an email from your mom that she most definitely didn’t send?) If you want to make sure you’re the only one checking your Gmail, here’s the super-easy way. 

Step 1: Log in to your Gmail account on desktop.

Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom until you see “Last Account Activity” in the bottom right. It’s super tiny, so you might want to zoom in. 

Step 3: Click on “Details.” A window will pop up showing the last ten times someone accessed your account, how they accessed it (aka the browser or email app they used) and the IP address attached to it. 

Every computer and phone with an Internet connection has an IP address--or a string of numbers specific to one device. You can find out what yours is easily here. If you see an IP address in that pop-up that doesn’t belong to your phone or computer, it’s time to change your password…like now.  

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