Today my girlfriend received an email from Gmail saying:

Someone recently tried to sign in to your Google Account, @gmail.com. We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account. Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

May 9, 2012 12:28pm GMT
IP Address:
Location: Valencia, Spain

If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to access your account. You should sign in to your account and reset your password immediately. Find out how at http://support.google.com/accounts?p=reset_pw

The Google Accounts Team

I have changed the password.

Is there anything else we can do?

She has an iPhone; could there be a security issue with this?

Facebook and Instagram are her most used apps.


4 Answers 4


Is there anything else we can do?

Yes. You can make the email ID more secure by turning on two-step authentication. More details here. It might be a bit bothersome for your girlfriend at first. But it might bother her more if her account gets hacked.

  • turned on 2 step for her, im going to doit for my accounts too , thanks for youre reply
    – user19919
    May 9, 2012 at 20:47

To help minimize damage from unauthorized access to your account, Google alerts you when someone signs in to your account from an unusual location. Their goal is to help you secure your account quickly if an unauthorized person has access to it. This especially also happens if you sign in to your account from an unusual location and even make a wrong password login attempt. They alert you about sign-ins that are from locations and devices that they previously have not seen signing in to your account and ask you if it was you who signed in from those locations or devices. To help you determine if it was you, they show you the information they have about the suspicious sign-in event(s) including the IP address, its location, the domain associated with the IP address and the time at which it accessed your account.

If the location was familiar, then do not worry. If not, I advise that you change your password, update your account recovery options and run a virus scan on your computer.

More info is available here: Suspicious sign-in alerts


Changing your password is a great first step, but those password changes won't affect authenticated applications using your Google Account.

You should do the following:

  • im not sure where on the accounts page you are talking about :(
    – user19919
    May 9, 2012 at 20:50
  • At the top of the accounts page is a list of applications that have been authorized to use the account. If you don't see any, then you don't need to worry regarding this specific incident. May 10, 2012 at 2:28

If you try to log in with a proxy server, you generally get this sort of notification. This might be why you're seeing it.

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    Please try to use proper English. It would help make your answer understandable.
    – ChrisF
    May 9, 2012 at 21:30

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