About ten years ago I signed up for gmail very early during beta when people were selling invites for up to 3 and 4 figures and lucked out on a very early, short email address. (See profile.)
And it's not cool. Not only do I get a lot of spam but I get a lot of misdirected email. I've seen receipts, bank statements, tax returns, boobies, dozens or hundreds of pictures of different families, newborns, weddings, new cars, old cars, flight reservations, money wire recepits.
And this isn't good, and I wonder about my liability, and I wonder about these known brands or services that don't include a button for "This is not my account or data." or any email validation step at all. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on Feb 28, 2014 -
So. If you had a wordpress self-hosted website accessed through your name and an ok password and a gmail account associated with the wordpress admin login, what would you do to secure everything from fuckery? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia
on Mar 21, 2013 -
This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window? [more inside]
posted by artychoke
on Mar 7, 2013 -
Twice recently my Gmail acct. has been hijacked by someone who is sending spam emails to some, but not contacts --seems to be only recently emailed (by me) people. The spam is an ad, as seen on Fox News for Raspberry drops weight loss aid. How do the spammers access my Gmail account? Could it be through my brand new Android cell phone? I am unaware of any other problems on my (Macbook) home computer. I have a secure WiFi router at home. No evidence malware or virus. I've changed my Gmail password, FWIW. Any suggestions on how/where to find a way from this happening again?
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Jan 15, 2013 -
I was checking the security setting on my gmail account this AM and was alarmed to see that govtrack.us had somehow been granted " granted the following services access to your Google Account".
Especially concerning since i had never seen that site, or even heard of it. What gives?
posted by dougiedd
on Nov 18, 2012 -
A while ago, my Gmail account notified me of suspicious activity. The IP that accessed my account seems to be from Microsoft. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Is it possible to get an extended history (perhaps several months) of "last account activity" records for a gmail account?
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Gmail security: Someone keeps trying to recover, or change, the password for my gmail account. I'd previously set my gmail recovery option to send me an SMS, and I'm getting a lot of SMSes saying, "Your Google Account recovery code is: ... If you did not request this code, you can safely ignore this message". I've already changed my secret question to be really obscure, but what else should I do to protect my account? Every couple of weeks, I get bombarded with SMSes because someone is trying to access my account. Can I temporarily disable the recovery option? I'm just worried that someone might guess the answer to my secret question by brute force or some other means.
posted by surenoproblem
on Jun 17, 2010 -
What are the legal implications of subpoenaing or obtaining a warrant for digital papers (such as a Gmail or Google Apps account) and finding a password? Could the prosecutor use the password to obtain more information from another digital source, such as another email account or a Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis
on Apr 21, 2010 -
When I log into Gmail, Firefox redirects me to a page on Facebook. What gives? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Feb 1, 2010 -
I love Gmail, but with all the security and privacy concerns, I'm thinking of bailing. Whereto next? [more inside]
posted by melissam
on Dec 25, 2007 -
Gmail and google docs allow you to substitute https: for http: at both the login and document level for security. Does using https: in place of http: for gmail and google docs prevent my documents from being viewable by someone with access to the network? How is this security different from encryption?
posted by jeffreyclong
on Aug 1, 2007 -
Is there any way to check if someone else has been accessing your GMail account? [more inside]
posted by sindark
on Jan 6, 2007 -
Is there a way to connect to gmail using pop from behind a firewall that blocks the ports they specify? Ideally over 80? I don't have broadband at home so setting up a tunnel or variation to a pc on the outside isn't an option. Thunderbird on WinXP connected behind a typical corporate firewall.
posted by Mitheral
on Jan 23, 2006 -