Just about twenty minutes ago, I tried to log in tonight. It said there was suspicious activity on my account, etc... and it needed to verify me VIA text message or some garbage.
Now I am, in all honesty, quite suspicious of big companies data mining- etc... so I was very reluctant to send them my phone number, though I eventually did. Trying to "personally contact" a company like Google, without access to my primary email, for what would probably be a couple of days, did not sound very appealing to me. I got the text message and entered my account fine.
Upon entering, I found that a couple advertisement emails were sent to everyone on my friends list. Though, my #1 suspicion is still Google twisting my arm to get my phone number, both to get info and to limit me to 1 account (at some point they implemented a phone verification system to limit the number of accounts that one can make.)
My question is if anyone has recently had the same problem with their Gmail account. Because, like I said, I am first and foremost suspicious of Google itself.
I am very good with my anti virus scans, keeping a clean internet cache, scanning for mal-ware and use Spy-Bot every day. I've NEVER had a problem with any of my game, email or bank accounts up until today... which is part of the reason that I raged so hard... because I put a lot of thought into these things.
Now the bastards got meh number, and I have to go reset all my passwords to everything because that is the smart thing to do, after scanning with all my AV programs right now.
Any feedback is welcome, Thank You.