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# 175871 14-Jul-2015 14:40
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Not sure if this is correct place for this subject

google tracking your every move? big data matching?

this what happened and want to know if people have come across this
situation and way to unassociated gmails with ones own account.

so this is what happened last week.

mom got dad a new smartphone but couldnt remember his email password

so I logged on mine pc and tried to login to gmail on browser and try the password I thought it was (as I setup his old phone for him years ago)
and seems they beefed up security..

it came up with verify who you are.. is this your phone number and shows end 3 digits,.. and provided moms mobile number.. I think
she used his google email on her phone at one stage. didnt even list his old phone number at all.

so I typed in her phone number rest of it and sure it worked and activated his gmail now would login to
the new smart phone to activate play store and down his apps etc.

then the next thing that happened was i got emails to my own gmail and xtra accounts saying someone has logged into your account is this correct. wtf.

so now they think dads email is another one of mine now cos I logged in via my pc??

they are doing data matching pc ids etc maybe old cookies?

I deleted emails as I knew it was talking about what we just did as listed dads gmail

now I dont know how to remove his linking to me. for my google account

could be dangerous,, imagine if dad did something it could be me thats blamed LOL

so again any way to login to google account and unselect gmails of other peoples under my name as I didnt find anything when looked and if I unselect will it
destroy his email setup again.. or should I just ignore it and leave it as is
as nothing has happened since.

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  # 1343068 14-Jul-2015 14:46
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It probably is because of the recovery email setting.

Visit while signed in as your father's account to see what secondary email address gets notified in case of unusual activity.

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  # 1343085 14-Jul-2015 14:58
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I wouldnt of added my gmail or xtra email to his account for backup though.

im a little scared to sign in again on my pc to his account to check though


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  # 1343089 14-Jul-2015 15:04
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OK i logged in and clicked that link.. and dam.. it has my email there not his.. Im sure I didnt added it

could it of automatically added it somehow?

anyhow I assume its just that I need to change

thanks for the help.

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  # 1343093 14-Jul-2015 15:09
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  # 1343094 14-Jul-2015 15:09
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kiwigeek1: OK i logged in and clicked that link.. and dam.. it has my email there not his.. Im sure I didnt added it

could it of automatically added it somehow?

anyhow I assume its just that I need to change

thanks for the help.

Most likely someone entered the email address during account creation, as a secondary email is required.

But it's not automatic. (Think of the consequences if it was...)

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  # 1343104 14-Jul-2015 15:14
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OK.. moms phone number was there too.. so changed it to his.

might be when it was logged into android.. perhaps it associated the sim number with account then

i guess its possible it got the email from there as well but I dont recall entering it

might be the case of auto fill in and clicking next and not reading perhaps?

anyhow all sorted.. hopefully


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  # 1343125 14-Jul-2015 15:28
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And if you are checking someone elses webmail account on your comptuer it could be a good idea to use InPrivate Browsing/Incognito Window/Private Mode (depending on which Browser you are using)


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  # 1343128 14-Jul-2015 15:38
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cheers hmm I never used those features.. what I did is used IE to login as I hardly use that
well never used it for gmail atleast.

Im a firefox man. but also have google chrome that i use for my gmail

I will keep it in mind about private browsing.. Im guessing it hides existing cookies?

need to read up on it I guess. :)

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