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I'm using GMAIL 2-step authentication. It asks me to re-verify for no particular reason. Was someone messing with my GMAIL?

Asked by DrewJ (430points) December 11th, 2012

If I’m using Gmail two-step authentication and, out of nowhere, it asks me to verify my device again when it has been verified for months, does that mean someone was messing with it?

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wundayatta's avatar

Not necessarily. Someone could have tried to log in as you from another machine and failed. Your machine could have lost its cookies if you cleaned them out or for a number of other reasons. You might have mistyped your password, and then it asks for two-step. I’m sure there are a number of other reasons that are innocent that could cause this. You have to rule out a lot of other reasons before getting to the paranoid reason.

trailsillustrated's avatar

No, its a safety thing, don’t worry about it. Doesn’t mean anything.

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Buttonstc's avatar

If it were someone messing with your Gmail, they would be far more likely to have you change your password.

About five months ago I was locked out of my Gmail and when I finally got it resolved about a week later, there was an email waiting in my inbox from Gmail telling me that i needed to change my password. They explained that there were attempts made to access my acct from an IP address in Croatia (and I’m in the US).

How on earth they expected me to be able read that email while I was locked out is a bit mind boggling but…

But it’s nice to know that their security measures are there.

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