Personal Level Indicators
Gmail’s Personal Level Indicators, when activated, will help you quickly determine if a message was addressed to you, a group, or a mailing list. A single arrow (>) appears next to a message when it is sent to you, and a group of others. Double arrows (>>) indicate that a message is addressed only to you. Arrows won’t appear next to messages sent to a mailing list.
Enabling this option is easy. Simply go to “Settings”, and in the “General” tab – “Personal Level Indicators” select “Show Indicators”. Be sure to save your changes.
As the following screen shot shows, three of these four messages have been sent to me, only. While one message has been sent to a group. My response to these messages was guided by who, other than me, received the same message.
Activity on this account monitor
One of the many reasons I’ve stuck with Gmail as my primary email service all this time is, the alert service Google provides in Gmail. The “Last account activity: … minutes ago at this IP..” alert. This applet can be activated from its position directly below the message pane.
Just as I monitor my open connections while on the Internet, I also scan the account activity alert frequently, while logged in to Gmail. In June of this year, this monitoring habit saved me from untold misery following a hack by Nigerian cyber crooks.
Since I was able to jump on this penetration immediately, I recovered my Gmail account on the spot, without having to jump through all the hoops Google sets out for those unlucky enough to lose control of their account.
Screen shot of a “clean” activity report. I have blanked out potions of this report for privacy purposes.
Screen shot indicating my account has been hacked from Nigeria.
Google offers an excellent tutorial on “Last account activity”, and I urge you to check it out. Believe me, the very last thing you want to have to deal with is a compromised Gmail account.
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