Why Does Google Keep Locking my Gmail Account for "Unusual Activity"
On Thursday, 1 March 2018 15:54:21 UTC-5, EDward J. Wagner wrote:
I am getting extremely irritated at Google the past year for continually locking me out of my Gmail account because Google Algorithms detect "Unusual Activity" which happens to be me spending hours composing and sending emails.I forgot to shut down my IMac last night so Gmail was still open this morning. I composed a short reply to a message, tried to send it, and was locked out of my account. When I got back into the account, I clicked on a message to read it, and was locked out again!I tried different browsers - Safari, Firefox, Opera - and even changed my IP, but was still locked out.
Unusual usage is described as an action
If you are getting locked out due to unusual account activity, it may be due to, but not restricted to:
- Receiving, deleting, or downloading large amounts of mail via POP or IMAP in a short period of time. If you're getting the error message, 'Lockdown in Sector 4,' you should be able to access Gmail again after waiting 24 hours.
- Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that bounce back).
- Using file-sharing or file-storage software, browser extensions, email clients or third-party software that automatically logs in to your account.
- Leaving multiple instances of Gmail open.
- Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser continually reloading while attempting to access your Inbox, it's probably a browser issue, and it may be necessary to clear your browser's cache and cookies.
Sometimes a Google message claims that a program has accessed my account without stating the program name so how do I determine which program Google thinks is accessing the account? I checked the programs that I allow access. I did remove one or 2 that were no longer needed but left others.
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