I recently made a decision to use my Gmail account as my primary email client and have not regretted it. Gmail is a little different than the email clients you may be used to with terms like conversations, labels, and stars; but, once you learn and get past that there is no going back ( in my opinion). Oh, and not forgetting to mention, it is fast.
One really neat feature to look for when you log into your Gmail account next time is located at the very bottom of your Gmail pages. It is called “Last account activity”… (see below).
If you click on the “Details” link, you can find information about recent activity in your mail account (see below). Recent activity is a log of sorts that tracks the occasions your account is accessed. This includes any times that your mail account was accessed, using a regular web browser, through a POP client, from a mobile device, etc. A list of IP addresses from which the access was made, as well as the time and date, is also collected and made available.
Why is this important?
By using this feature you can determine if there are any signs that your account has been compromised. For example, many users typically sign into their Gmail using a single computer (e.g. your computer at home). In this scenario, your IP address should start with the same two sets of numbers (for example, 168.18.xx.xx). If you start seeing the first two sets of these numbers greatly varying from your typical IP address numbers, it means one of two things. One, you recently accessed your mail from a different location or two someone else has accessed your account.
The whole point of this article is to point this feature out to you and to prompt you into using it. The more you use it, the more you will understand it. It just may save you from having your account hijacked. In the event you suspect that your account has been compromised, I suggest you immediately change your Gmail password and security question.