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Reader Murray Chapman has been doing some international traveling lately and noticed an odd problem using Gmail on his trips. Murray found that he would not be able to access his Gmail, and once he lost access he couldn’t get it back. Not to be outdone […]

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Reader Murray Chapman has been doing some international traveling lately and noticed an odd problem using Gmail on his trips. Murray found that he would not be able to access his Gmail, and once he lost access he couldn’t get it back.

Not to be outdone by a little problem like this, Murray did some experimentation and came to the conclusion that Google was protecting him from himself. He believes that when Google noticed he was trying to access his IMAP Gmail from a totally new IP address, that it was locking him out. There’s no official indication that this is what was happening to Murray, but he found if he visited the Google unlock page and reentered his credentials, then he would be able to access Gmail again. Until the next trip when he loses access again. Murray felt it worth passing on in case other travelers are having the same problem.  Thanks for sharing, Murray!

  1. “Totally new IP address”… you mean international vs. in states? I’ve got Gmail IMAP set up on my desktop at home, desktop at work and on my laptop that I’ve taken on several business trips and have never had a problem. Obviously they have different IP addresses.

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