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Gmail doesn't recognize my login from a coffee house network using my laptop


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#1 nosleepjustdrive

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 01:34 PM

Hello,

 

I logged onto an open network at a local coffee house.  Than I attempted to logon to my Gmail account with my email and my passphrase.  Google than wanted to verify me.  It said "This device isn't recognized. For security, Google wants to make sure it's really you". Correct me if I'm wrong, Is it because the coffee house's network doesn't have an entry of my laptop's MAC address so this is why I need to send an alert to my smart phone to tap YES or NO to access my gmail account?

 

 



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 02:55 PM

No, but Google keeps careful track of your login history and the location(s) routinely associated with same.

 

I have no idea why the message text is referring to "this device" but I have received notifications on many occasions when I logged in from a "strange place" on my laptop.  If I'm using an ISP that's even somewhat far afield from my home one in my home state I get, "This account was accessed by . . . at date/time," notifications that request that I contact Google and immediately change my password if it was not me.  They may be getting more aggressive in trying to prevent unwanted access to user accounts which, while sometimes annoying, isn't really a bid thing.

 

This has thrown me for a bit of a loop on occasion when I've logged in from someone else's computer (or smartphone using a web browser on the phone) and momentarily forgot that I did so.  Luckily I've always recalled after a few seconds and not filed any false-alarm reports with Google or changed my password unnecessarily.


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:01 PM

Thanks for the advice Brian.  I wasn't necessarily concerned more curious than anything.






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