Gmail Gets A Nice New Security Feature

Google has announced a new security measure for Gmail that should assist users in the never ending battle against hackers and phishing.

Building on its previous warnings showing where the account was last accessed from at the bottom of the screen, Gmail will now offer a dirty great big red bar at the top of the screen if it thinks something is amiss. For example, if you usually sign into your account in Australia, and suddenly someone has logged into it from Poland two hours later, this would set off an alert.

If you do end up with a warning, there’s also a new details screen that offers a list of places, based on IP address, where your Gmail account has been accessed from.

The official Gmail blog notes that “If you think your account has been compromised, you can change your password from the same window. Or, if you know it was legitimate access (e.g. you were traveling, your husband/wife who accesses the account was also traveling, etc.), you can click “Dismiss” to remove the message.”