There are numerous user reports about certain security emails they are frequently getting. Those are allegedly coming from Google into the Gmail inbox and are reporting about a Suspicious login attempt or Suspicious sign in prevented. Now, there’s the security measure which indeed will prevent login from unfamiliar devices or locations. However, these emails are often phishing scam that’s there to trick you.
How to be sure and what does this email, if legit, usually mean? Learn below.
What’s the Google Security Critical Sign-in alert on Gmail?
In recent years, Google worked to enhance user security and they are doing a solid job. There are two-factor authentications now. They should prevent security breaches into users‘ Google accounts. One of the ‘smart’ features will (based on your common devices and sign-in locations) determine if someone is trying to breach your account.
Thus, the Suspicious login attempt and Suspicious sign in prevented prompts. On the other hand, how often that happens? That someone tries to get your Google Account or just gain Gmail access? Not so frequent occurrence, to be frank. That’s why you should be wary when it comes to emails of that nature.
Firstly, confirm that Google is indeed the sender of the email. Secondly, make sure to flag emails that come from unfamiliar sources. You can do that by clicking the suspicious email and, from the drop-down menu on the right, report phishing to Google.
On the other hand, if you are really concerned about account safety, consider navigating to your Google Account dashboard and checking recent activity.
- Navigate to myaccount.google.com.
- Log in with your credentials.
- Select Security from the left pane.
- Go through the Security Checkup.
- Also, it’s highly recommended to add a 2-step verification and recovery phone or email address.
So, to sum it up, the Suspicious login attempt email on Gmail or anything similar is usually a false alarm. Sometimes it’s much more as there are reports of phishing scam emails with close resemblance to the ones Google sends. So, secure your account (Gmail included) the best you can and don’t worry.
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