There’s nothing scarier than having your email account hijacked, especially if you use that account to sign up for other web services. Google is improving its security with a new feature that can directly notify Android users of security events on their account, allowing them to take immediate actions should they suspect something amiss.
When a new device is added into your Google account, the company will natively notify Android users about the security event. If the activity look suspicious, users can choose to “Review Account Activity” right from their phone or tablet, and see important information like when the device was added, the location, and such.
Google already has other security features like 2-Step Verification and Single Sign-On to help protect user accounts. When a new device is added, it sends an email to the account to notify the user of the activity. However, Google says that people are less likely to act on the email compared to native notification on Android devices – “users are four times as likely to review the information as compared to email notifications”.
The feature is currently being rolled out gradually, and will reach all Android users in the coming weeks.