Google Enhances User Security With Release Of Devices And Activity Dashboard

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Google Enhances User Security With Release Of Devices And Activity Dashboard

In today’s multi-device world there’s no doubt that you have accessed your Google account on a number of different devices, maybe some you don’t even use anymore.

For example, maybe you recently sold your smartphone in order to upgrade to a new one. Or perhaps a phone or tablet of yours was recently lost or stolen. Those old devices may still be able to access your Google account. Now there’s a tool that will help you manage which devices have access to your Google account and revoke access to any devices you no longer use.

A new security dashboard released today by Google will help you keep track of exactly which of those devices still have access to your Google account. From there you can cut devices from the list that you either no longer use or don’t recognize.

Within the security settings of your Google account is the new ‘Devices and Activity’ dashboard, which provides a comprehensive list of every device that has accessed your account over the past 28 days. You will also be able to see when was the last time a particular device accessed your account, and where it was accessed from.

From the dashboard you can manually revoke access to any device, or just leave it as is if everything looks fine to you. Here’s an example of what the dashboard looks like:

DeviceActivity UI

To access your own Devices and Activity dashboard, simply follow this link.

Matt Southern
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  • Paul Ponna

    Awesome post. I think with the advent of virtual workers etc. it is becoming hard to track and find out who is logging in where and if it is 100% your virtual workers or someone else who is logging in.

  • Tarun Gupta

    The tool should have put in place long ago. So far millions have already left with data stolen due to device theft and other reasons. Matt can u tell from where I can access the tool for blackberry. Any link u suggest?

  • ey phua

    I actually saw this implementation in dropbox months before and rather impressed by this security feature. Good that Google upgraded.

  • Amber

    Hey the link is broken in the last sentence and goes to a 404… says: %E2%80%9C and should just be:

    • Kelsey Jones

      you are awesome Amber! I’m fixing it now.