can gmail be traced?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by bruizer, May 26, 2012.

  1. bruizer

    bruizer New Member

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    If you sent an email using gmail can it be traced back to the computer it was sent from. My girlfriend set up an gmail account and sent an anonymous email to her employer that gave information on another employee stealing. Now the person was fired and is sueing the company so she is worried that her name might come up if they trace the email back to her computer??
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Did she send it from home or work? All they can basically get is IP address where it came from and possible operating system used.
     
  3. wolfeking

    wolfeking banned

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    as said, all they can do is trace the IP address and OS. And really if the other employee was stealing, then they can not do anything about getting fired.
     
  4. bruizer

    bruizer New Member

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    She sent it from home...but I thought that gmail did not show the ip address when an email is sent. She is worried if it goes to court that the lawyers will be able to get the information from google and our service provider. Would google release this information for a case like this or does it have to be much more serious
     
  5. wolfeking

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    the only way that they could get google to release that info would be with a warrant.
     
  6. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    There is no need to worry. Your girlfriend can't get in any trouble if the stealing actually happened. Every email sent has an email header, which has different bits of information including IP address from where the mail was sent. Can't understand why you are so worried.
     
  7. bruizer

    bruizer New Member

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    She doesnt want to have to go to court or be known as a whistle blower or a rat at her workplace.
     

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