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Has someone else been in my adsense account?

You know what they say about stupid questions.

     

dataguy

11:52 pm on Jun 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What a cool feature to be able to set up the report on AdSense just the way you want it, and the next time you log in, AdSense remembers and shows you the same report.

Twice since the feature was added, I've logged in and the report was totally different than how I last viewed it. So is did Google dump the settings and they went back to their defaults, or did someone else log into my account?

May be a bit of paranoia, but I figure I could ask... has anyone else seen this?

incrediBILL

12:06 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My wife logs in now and then and drools over my earnings so I'm used to things changing a little.

Do you have password managers or something on your desktop to auto-login?

Any chance someone has access to AdSense from your desktop?

If you think someone MIGHT have been in your account and shouldn't be, double check where checks and/or EFT is being sent JUST in case and to end your initial paranoia try this easy solution.... CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD!

Hope that helps.

JohnKelly

12:08 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Also, if the cookie on your computer somehow gets deleted, that will change the report settings.

You're using the same browser each time, right?

SuperSeo

12:11 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Check your computer for spyware. I heard something like 80-90% of computers are infected.

incrediBILL

12:15 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Also, if the cookie on your computer somehow gets deleted, that will change the report settings.

It's not cookies, they store the settings on the server as my settings persist across machines.

dataguy

12:28 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I only log in from one computer, with the same browser, and I constantly scan for spyware which is of course my worst fear.... I really don't think anyone else has been into my account, but I changed my password each time to be safe.

So no one else has seen this occur without explanation?

Rodney

12:34 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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are you using any type of automated stats checker (like an adsense firefox plugin or other type script that automatically checks your stats for you and displays it on your computer)?

dataguy

12:49 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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are you using any type of automated stats checker (like an adsense firefox plugin or other type script that automatically checks your stats for you and displays it on your computer)?

Nope, I've never trusted anything like that...

Dantol

4:47 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)



It's probably your wife checking your earnings. You know, it's common these days... *lol*
I recently discovered that my girlfriend spyied on me while I was on the phone and in the washroom. :)

mzanzig

5:19 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Have seen the same on my computer, and was also wondering what may be the reason. And no, my wife is definitely not checking the account. ;-)

Let's make that a feature request for AdSense (if they listen in this thread):

1. Upon login, show the date and time of the last login.
2. Enable the user to set the timezone for this independently from AdSense timezone.

-- M.

marcel

6:18 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have the same problem.

At work I use Portable Firefox (on a USB stick), and at home I have Firefox installed on the PC.

Both installations of Firefox seem to remember their own previous settings. I'll check it again when I get home from work more thoroughly.

georaza

6:24 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You have cookies set on your home PC and office PC are different. You are using the application (firefox)from USB but the cookies are generating in some system folder.

marcel

9:48 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Quote by IncrediBill
It's not cookies, they store the settings on the server as my settings persist across machines.

Quote by georaza

You have cookies set on your home PC and office PC are different. You are using the application (firefox)from USB but the cookies are generating in some system folder.

That's why I wrote this, I assumed it was a cookie issue as well.

Alternative Future

9:57 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>It's not cookies, they store the settings on the server as my settings persist across machines

I can also vouch for this as when checking stats at home differs none from at work.

-george

icedowl

10:57 am on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just had this happen to me today, immediately after I ran "Disk Cleanup".

activeco

1:24 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Check your browser's history to know at least if it was your pc who accessed the stats.

incrediBILL

1:32 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You have cookies set on your home PC and office PC are different. You are using the application (firefox)from USB but the cookies are generating in some system folder.

Nope, not cookies, trust me on this as I have a desktop and laptop and Google remembers whatever state I left AdSense reports. I switch machines and AdSense is right where I left it from the previous machine.

You can test it on a single machine using Internet Explorer and FireFox as they don't share cookies, I did this test when this feature first came out just to verify. Login to AdSense using IE, change your reports, then login to AdSense using FireFox and you'll see the same changes.

Hope you figure out why it's changing but I think I'd write to Google next as perhaps it's JUST a bug but if someone is hacking accounts or servers they can tell via access log tracking on your account.

frox

4:35 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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has anyone been in my adsense account?

Yes, it was me, the ninja Adsenser...

(just kidding)

quite strange, I understand yuo are worrying.
fist suggestion: change you password

MrAnchovy

4:56 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I constantly scan for spyware which is of course my worst fear

Using what? All the more popular spyware/trojan/etc scanners are mediocre, at best... only identifying the most common pests.

If you aren't using it already, I'd recommend HijackThis... which scans & logs various areas of your computer. However, it's defintely not a program for the novice to use on their own.
Search for a 'HijackThis forum'... there are plenty of people willing to help analyse your HijackThis logs, and assist you in removing any unwanteds.

hunderdown

5:27 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)



Definitely not cookies--the AdSense system "remembers" the report that you were looking at and takes you back to it the next time you log in.

I have also noticed that at times it seems to forget. Doesn't particularly bother me.

GuluGulu

5:40 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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yes. this happened to me in the past and keep happening. At least once in a week.

JohnKelly

7:18 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If the settings are stored on Google's servers, do you suppose they are synced between servers?

It's possible that your settings are stored on one server when you access your account, and the next time you access it you're using one of their servers that hasn't had the settings synced up yet.

Speculation, but possible.

ncw164x

5:34 pm on Jun 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It is cookie based...

Log into your account and change to last business week or a date range what you don't normally use, log out and clear the cookies from your browser and login again and it will show the default date range as today instead of how you left your account when you logged out

I have tested it and so has a friend while I was talking to him on the phone, both of us using Firefox and I have tested it using IE browser and both give the same results

I first saw this about three weeks ago and changed my password straight away thinking someone had accessed my account, it has happened twice since and was a concern at first but its no one hacking your PC or stealing your passwords, its clearing your cookies what has set it back to the default

 

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