I've used Google mail for my primary email client for almost four years. Never had a bit of trouble. Everything worked like clockwork. I used a strong password (so Google told me); never told it to a soul; ran scans frequently for virus and malware.
Things were good.
Imagine my surprise this morning when I attempted to log into my Gmail. A huge page shot up, exclaiming, "Suspicious activity has occurred on this site. You must verify you are the owner."
Suspicious activity? What suspicious activity? What did that mean?
Notice it didn't say, "your password has been changed", or that "your isp doesn't match our records".
The activity was merely 'suspicious'.
I'm left to wonder if someone sang 'Way Down Yonder in the PawPaw Patch' (how would Google know that?), or if they typed on their keyboard with their hot little footsies (again, how does Google know that?), or what did they do to my account that was suspicious?
I'll be brief. I have not had a fun day.
Trying to verify and reclaim my account was worse than a migraine. Actually, the whole procedure has come close to giving me one.
What did I have to do to prove this was my account? For starters, you had to use four Google products, and you need to remember month, date, and year when you signed up for these items. Who writes down when they join YouTube? Is it a red letter day when you start your first Blogger?
It's not been pleasant, or easy. After a couple of hours, I received that looked-for email (to an alternate account) that led me to a link to reset a new password.
So I was able to log in again to my email and -- what suspicious activity? I contacted some people and no one received spam. I rechecked my settings. Nothing out of the ordinary. So what happened?
I have no idea.
Maybe I was just fortunate that I caught it in the nick of time and proceeded to rectify the issue before said suspicious activity person did any damage.
I'm grateful to be back to my email. Here's hoping I receive no more such surprises.