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Wed Jun 25, 2014, 02:03 PM

I recently received a email from google

telling me that someone had attempted to access my account and if it was not me, I should change my password.

There are better than even odds that it was me because I have a very bad habit of forgetting my password and go through the instructions to reset but forget to write the new number down. Very bad habit I know, but my time honored excuse is that I am very old.

However the email did give the IP address that attempted to enter my google account, and no, it was no, it was not mine. Does any one have suggestions as to how I can track the name of the owner. I have gone to some sites and they tell me some info but I have not been able to locate an actual name. It is not a big deal, but just trying to track it down gives me a little better understanding how the internet works and it is quite entertaining.

As for changing my password, I will do that as soon as I find out what it is. It comes up automatically at the moment so I will be able to change it easily.

Thanks for any advice.

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pennylane100 Jun 2014 OP
dballance Jun 2014 #1
pennylane100 Jun 2014 #2
PrestonLocke Jun 2014 #3
whistler162 Jun 2014 #4

Response to pennylane100 (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 02:10 PM

1. I use a password manager called LastPass. It's free.

 

Like most people these days I have so many different web sites that require an ID and password I used to use the same password on most of them.

Then, I began using LastPass. It stores all my websites, the ID and allows me to create unique, complex passwords for each site.

Check into it. I think you'll find it useful. It plugs into Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and IE. I can also use it on my iPad and iPhone.

https://lastpass.com/

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 02:28 PM

2. thanks

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Response to pennylane100 (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 05:14 PM

3. What is the IP?

Sometimes, it can be traced back to a business.

Unless you're able to subpoena the ISP who owns the IP, finding out an individual name is usually not possible.

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Response to pennylane100 (Original post)

Wed Jun 25, 2014, 08:33 PM

4. A few important rules

1 - Unless you know 100% where the link originates from don't click on the email link.

2 - Don't open a attachment unless you know who it is from, are expecting something, and have a up-to-date A/V scanner.

3 - Start again at 1

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