Nobody likes the idea of other people reading their email, whether it’s a family member, a work colleague or the government, but it’s very easy to forget to sign out of your account once you’ve checked your messages. Fortunately, Gmail lets you log out remotely or at least find out if someone has accessed your account.
To log out of the Facebook mobile app, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner, tap Account Settings and select Security. Choose Active Sessions, then tap the ‘X’ next to an entry to end the session. Note that Facebook isn’t always accurate at identifying your precise location – it placed our phone 20 miles away in Swanley, Kent!
Facebook also offers a useful feature called ‘Login notifications’, which alerts you by email, text message or push notification if your account is accessed on an unfamiliar device. You can activate this on the Security page and check which devices the site regards as familiar by clicking ‘Trusted browsers’. It’s especially useful if you often use Facebook away from home.
ANDROID & iOS
password to lock your screen, along with an optional recovery message (such as where to return the device to).
If you’re really worried about privacy, you can click Erase to wipe all photos, apps, settings and other data from your device. Once this is done, you’ll no longer be able to use Android Device Manager to locate it. If your phone or tablet is currently offline, it will be erased as soon as it goes online again.
A similar service called Find My iPhone (bit.ly/find345) is available for Apple devices through iCloud. It lets you locate, lock and erase your iPhone, iPad or Mac remotely, provided it’s connected to the internet.