Secure an account that has suspicious activity
If you find unusual activity on your Google Account, these directions can help you protect it.
Find out if your account has been compromised
Important: If you notice any of these signs or similar ones, follow the directions to secure your account.
- You stopped getting emails.
- Your friends say they got spam or unusual emails from you.
- Email that you didn't send shows up in Sent Mail.
- Your username has been changed.
- There are changes to your Gmail settings that you don’t recognize.
- There are labels, filters, or forwarding rules you didn’t set up.
- You see purchases that you didn’t make.
- You see comments that you didn’t leave.
Unusual account activity & notifications
Note: We'll use your recovery phone number and email address to tell you about suspicious activity.
- You got a notification about an unusual sign-in or a device that you don't recognize.
- You got a notification that your username or password changed, and you didn’t make the change.
- You got a notification about some other activity you don’t recognize.
- You notice a red bar at the top of your screen that says, "We've detected suspicious activity in your account."
- Your "Device activity and notifications" show unusual devices, times, or locations.
- You see apps with account accessthat you don’t recognize.
- You see apps on one of your devices that you don’t recognize.
Unfamiliar Blogger activity
- Posts you didn’t publish appear on your blog.
- You get comments on posts you didn’t publish.
- Your mail-to-Blogger address has changed, but you didn’t change it.
- Your blog has disappeared or been blocked.
1. Follow the instructions in the Security Checkup.
2. If you think someone else is using your Google Account, change your password immediately for:
- Your Google Account (if you haven’t already changed your password through the Security Checkup)
- Apps and sites where you use the same password you used for your Google Account
- Apps and sites where you sign in with your Google Account email address
- Apps and sites for which you’ve saved passwords
3. Make sure your recovery phone number and email are correct, so you stay informed about suspicious account activity.
Step 2: Take more security steps
- Gmail - Review these security tips, and remove any labels, filters, or forwarding rules you didn’t set up.
- Chrome - Uninstall extensions you don’t recognize, and update Chrome to the latest version.
Make sure your bank or government didn’t get instructions from someone else if you:
- Have banking info saved in your account
- Have personal info (like tax or passport info) saved in a service like Google Photos, Google Drive, or Gmail
- Think someone is using your identity or impersonating you
If you think your account has suspicious activity, you might need to remove harmful software. To improve your account’s security further, install and run trusted anti-virus software.
You can also reset your computer to its factory settings and reinstall the operating system. Important: Make sure to back up the files you need first. Learn how to upload files to drive.
Some internet browsers have security weaknesses. Consider using a more secure browser, like Google Chrome.
If you can’t sign in to your account
If you think someone else is using your account, find out how to recover a hacked or hijacked account.
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