Was an unauthorized user logged into my google account?

pete6032

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I rarely use Youtube on my mobile phone but yesterday I opened up the app, on my android device, which is logged into my account. I hit the magnifying glass to search for a video and the search history came up with about 4 searches I had never searched for before. Below those 4 searches were all of my other normal search history searches. The searches I didn't recognize were queries about blocking calls on a vtech dns6671-3. I don't even know what that is. Nobody uses my phone but me, and I have not had any personal information stolen. Should I be worried that someone has my google passwords?

Edit - I haven't gotten any notification from 2FA about new sign ins.

Edit 2 - All of my gmail sessions appear to be from my current IP.

Edit 3 - OK my youtube history has arts and crafts videos in the viewing history. Those are not mine.
 
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deadlyapp

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Do you use chrome with single sign on for multiple devices? Any chance someone you know got a hold of one of your devices and used it to do the searches?
 

mindless1

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Likely you have personalized search results turned on which uses the profile they create of you either way, to suggest searches that others with similar profiles have made.

Arts and crafts history, no idea. Maybe you stepped away from the browser and it autoplayed them?
 
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I doubt the assumptions above. It has happened to me and I do not use Chrome or any other Google application with a login profile. While I have several Gmail accounts, I rarely log into them and they are old as hell. I never allow a browser to be logged into a Google-related profile except for those rare, microsecond bursts to check an activation for a website login. Browsers are not allowed to keep cookies after closing but I've gotten the same messages the OP has gotten.
 

mindless1

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^ When did I write that you have to be logged into a google account at the time? You seem to have assumed I meant something other than what I wrote. I wrote "profile they create" not "profile you create and are logged into", though once you have had that profile generated, if you log into a google account for a moment, it is associated too. A microsecond is an event that seems insignificant to a human, not a machine looking for events, not duration.

Feel free to offer an alternate explanation. Maybe you have had an account hacked, it wouldn't be the first time it has happened but let's back up a bit and think about purpose. What is the purpose to hack an account to use it to surf arts and crafts videos?

If it makes you more comfortable, nuke your browser from orbit, change your IP address, create new google accounts and never log into the old ones, and don't surf the same sites so you don't generate a new google profile that matches the old one. Easy, right, because google is our friend?