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Suspicious sign in attempt from Google saying someone has tried to hack my account... I've tried to research this and found something saying that it is a problem with Yosemite? has this been anyone else's experience
 

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Without knowing what this alert message looked like (or if it even actually came from Google). It could possibily have been a "fake alert" devised by some scoundrel to phish info from you.

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I know Google knows all and sees all, but the chances of Google sending you a message saying that someone is trying to hack into your computer is nil. Sounds like a scareware pop-up. Take a screenshot if you see it again.
 
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Sign into Google, scroll down to "Recent Activity". Check "Devices".
See anything abnormal?
 
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Sign into Google, scroll down to "Recent Activity". Check "Devices".
See anything abnormal?

I've checked the recent activity, it does show attempted sign in on my devices. I have access to family internet at their homes could it be when I'm there that the IP address changes and that triggers the alert? thanks
 

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I know Google knows all and sees all, but the chances of Google sending you a message saying that someone is trying to hack into your computer is nil.
Google does warn you if you sign in (or attempt to) from a location that is really out of the norm for you. I've gotten warnings before when I try to log into to Google services while on vacation.
 
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I've checked the recent activity, it does show attempted sign in on my devices. I have access to family internet at their homes could it be when I'm there that the IP address changes and that triggers the alert? thanks
That could very much be it. It used to do that when I would sign in at work. Hasn't done it in a while, I guess it learns if you don't flag it as abnormal.
 

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I have had the same issue when logging in using a VPN that makes me appear to be somewhere else other than my regular address ie different IP address.
I think gMail alert also advises you to change your password if concerned or if it was you to just ignore the alert. So if you are really concerned you could do that but your explanation of logging in at your parents is probably correct.
Better than my Outlook email account which actually locks me out until I use a recovery key and confirm that the activity was generated by me. Very annoying.
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Google does warn you if you sign in (or attempt to) from a location that is really out of the norm for you. I've gotten warnings before when I try to log into to Google services while on vacation.

Yes, that I was aware of. It was the OP's wording that Google was saying (quote) "Someone is trying to hack into your account" that made me think it was scareware.
 

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