Samsung is aware of a frustrating bug that’s notifying Gmail users that Samsung Email has been authorized to access and control their Gmail account, assuring them that the alert is not fraudulent, but rather believed to have been triggered as a result of Google enacting a new security protocol.
The firm told Android Police that it’s working closely with Big G to identify the root of the problem and will be distributing a fix in due course. Rest assured, though: the notification is genuine and your device hasn’t been compromised, so there’s no need to break into a frantic state of hysteria.
There’s a good chance hackers will be looking to capitalize on the exploit now that it’s made the mainstream media, however. With that in mind, we’d recommend heading over to the Google Account Dashboard to verify that the email alert is in fact real, should you happen to receive it.
But how do you discern whether your account has been compromised? Well, if the IP address used to sign in to your account corresponds to a different geographic location to your own, there’s a chance it has been. And if that’s the case, you’ll need to use the Account Dashboard to secure it.
Samsung is encouraging users to disregard the notification
Samsung has assured us that there’s no reason to take action on the email; though it’s instructing anyone wanting to secure their Google Account to refrain from clicking any links within the email, just in case the one they’ve received is fraudulent. All changes should be made using a computer.