Google is to notify users of suspicious activity on their Gmail accounts in an attempt to reduce spam and cyber crime.
The company will provide details on when a user's account was last accessed, along with the IP addresses used to log-in to the account.
The new feature will present a log-in history sorted by IP address and location. Users will also be notified if a Gmail account is accessed from a different part of the world, and given the opportunity to change their log-in credentials from within the same window.
Google is planning to extend the feature to its Apps online productivity suite.
The search giant said that the new feature will help to prevent attackers hijacking accounts and using the names for spam activity or social engineering attacks directed towards the user's friends and family.
"While we don't have the capability to determine the specific location from which an account is accessed, a log-in appearing to come from one country and occurring a few hours after a log-in from another country may trigger an alert, " wrote Google engineering director Pavni Diwanji in the Google security blog.
"Keep in mind that these notifications are meant to alert you of suspicious activity, but are not a replacement for account security best practices."
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