Android Will Notify You When New Devices Access Your Account


Google is beefing up Android security with a new feature that aims to give you more information about what's happening with your account in real time.

The Web giant is rolling out a feature that will alert you when a new device accesses your account. The feature is "gradually" making its way to all users, meaning you may not see it for another two weeks or more. But when it's live, you'll get a push notification if a new device is added to your account.

"Did you just sign in?" the message reads. "A new device accessed your Google Account."

If something looks fishy, you can choose to "review account activity," and Google will inform you what type of device was added, from what location, and other information (such as the browser and IP address used). If all is well after all, just select the option "yes, that was me."

If you don't recognize the listed device, it means someone else has your password, and you'll need to select the option "no, secure account" so Google can help you get your account shored back up.

In a blog post, the Google Apps team said this new feature "increases transparency to the user of what actions they've performed and allows them to flag any suspicious activity they may be seeing on the device." They added that users are up to four times more likely to review Android notifications compared to email notifications.

"We hope you find this security feature as useful as we do," the team wrote.

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