The Gmail Development Team has released a new feature that will allow users to have more control over their account’s security.
Your email account can contain a lot of personal information, from bank alerts to love letters. Email that, I’m sure, you don’t always want other people to see. Gmail has added a new layer of information and control. With this new feature, you can now track your recent sessions on Gmail and you can also sign yourself out remotely.
At the bottom of your inbox, you’ll see information about the time of the last activity on your account and whether it’s still open in another location:
By clicking the “Details” link, users can see more details about my their recent activity:
The top table, under “Concurrent session information,” indicates all open sessions, along with IP address and “access type” — which refers to how email was retrieved, for example, through iGoogle, POP3 or a mobile phone. The bottom table, under “Recent activity,” contains user’s most recent history along with times of access. Users can also view their current IP address at the very bottom of this window, where it says “This computer is using IP address…”
At the time of writing of this article, the new feature was still not present on Gmail, but the Gmail blog promises that they are in the process of rolling this feature out to the latest version of Gmail, which is available for Firefox and Internet Explorer 7.