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    Default How to defeat Google?

    My email is a gmail.com acct. i also have an informal email acct (not used that frequently) The informal email is used as "the recovery acct" for the main one.
    I use MS 365 Outlook and regularly get these (illogical in my opinion) Security alerts from Google. "A new device has been used to access your acct - check Google "- where i click the tab -Yes it was me. The "new device" is my current laptop which I purchased November 2021. I use no other device. I tried "help" with Google to query -"why do waste my time with such alert?" but basically it evades the question . The other irritation is the periodic pop up in Outlook asking me to enter my Google password.
    Is this the Russia v Ukraine war version of "Google v Microsoft?"

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    This is not a bad thing... though I do understand it can be annoying. The flipside is not getting these and not knowing your accounts have been hijacked/hacked until its too late... then most surely you would post about "Why doesn't google warn me when my account is used from an unknown device".

    Note I'm playing devil's advocate above.

    This is a security measure and usually happens when you access your account from a "new IP Address" or via a application that isn't recognised or isn't used regularly or for the first time.(this specifically is if you use google credentials for access/authentication)

    Another thing to consider is that in EU for example, laws and regulations (GDPR) require google/microsoft etc, to have some kind of mechanism in place to tell users when their account is accessed from an unknown location or new location / not recognised as a previously used location. This also applies to method of access, such as different laptops/browsers/tablets/phones etc.

    I'm not aware if this can be disabled - probably in your google/microsoft account settings panel...

    I would not recommend disabling this "feature".

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neil F View Post
    regularly get these Security alerts from Google.
    Mark them as spam and you won't see them again
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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Its as annoying as google's

    we dont recognise this PC, you cant access gmail a/c.
    When using someone elses PC to try & check gmail emails .

    You're trying to sign in on a device Google doesn't recognize, and we don't have enough information to verify that it's you. For your protection, you can't sign in here right now.
    :-(

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    I have a computer on Linux that is used infrequently but at least monthly and google always wants to confirm its me, pretty stupid when I always say it is.

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Mark them as spam and you won't see them again
    That's not such a good idea, if your account was actually compromised you wouldn't get the information!
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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Thanks for all replies . ChiefNZ FYI I get these interruptions on my (only 1 I use) laptop at the same physical location and using the same applications i have used for many years. fred-fish I agree with "big brother bullying -abuse of market power". As you state re contact Google -"who can you talk to?". Their website Help screens and Security pages need a thorough 4 seasons (not just Spring) cleaning. I do not think they actually review them for logic. I am leaning towards Piroska's idea -record them as SPAM. I would hate to be forced to rely on them for emails rather than using them as a conduit o Outlook e.g. a really basic common usage item -"Forward an email" - detective skills and persistence are required to locate this option

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Yes, that's fair... though you need to be aware that, it's quite possible, someone is trying to hack your account. Using a single known device does not preclude, ne'-do-wells from attempting to gain control of your account, via account harvesting and brute force attacks.

    Despite google not always been a favorite when it comes to certain things, their security countermeasures are not trivial attempts to annoy their users and in some cases laws like the the EU's GDPR can get in the way of a more seemless and less intrusive experience... there are flaws on both sides... and we the users are almost always the meat in the centre of the high privacy/easy access sandwhich.

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    Default Re: How to defeat Google?

    Google might think a device is always new if the device, or websites are regularly cleaned of ads, cookies and other markers..
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