Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Gmail Burglar Alarm

GMail Burglar Alarm is a gadget that you can add to your standard Gmail web interface to record your gmail sessions. Additionally, it also analyzes details of all sessions (like IP address, browser type, etc) and tries to determine if a session was suspicious. If the percentage of suspicion is high, you are alerted via a text message to the mobile number configured in your Google calendar. All the data stays with you and is stored on your Google Calendar.

The following video shows the various steps to add the Gadget to your gmail account. It also shows steps required to grant the application, access to write to your google calendar.

You will also have to configure your google calendar to recieve text message alerts.
This can be done as shown in the following video

The data is stored in a new calendar created on Google Calendar. This calendar is private to you and has details like IP address of login, HTTP Headers, browser version, etc. The gadget also displays the total time you spend on gmail, etc. The gadget analyzes recent sessions and tries to establish a pattern. Anything that is way out of this pattern is potentially dangerous and you are alerted.
Please do drop in your comments and suggestions to improve this application. Watch out this blog for techanical details and updates.

Note: Please note that this application works only on Gmail standard interface with gadgets enabled. The gadget can record and alert only on the pages where the gadget is run. This is not a total security solution but only an idea..


Eli said...

If you already have the wiring in place, I'd go for a wired system as you won't have the hassle of replacing the batteries in the sensors / false alarms when the batteries fail in a wireless system. So try to choose Best
Burglar Alarm
from best company.

Stuart said...

I have installed the Burglar Alarm Gadget but receive the following error:

Firefox can't find the server at 88epu8knhre5mmj05kg5003e9sc2mfiu-a-gm-opensocial.googleusercontent.com.

Parashuram said...


What was the URL that you added to for the Gadget? The url should be http://gmailids.appspot.com/gids.xml

You may want to try refreshing the page to add the gadget.

Stuart said...

Thanks for the reply.

That is the URL I used. I have removed and re-added the Gadget but get the same error.

I would really like to get your gadget working, if possible.

Parashuram said...

@Stuart, Do you still get the same error ?
Let me create a temporary gmail account and try adding the gadget to it. I would then share the password to check if you are able to see the gadget.
Can you please share your email with me on

Burglar Alarm said...

Will the duplicate calendar be downloaded to my blackberry if I use Google Sync? There aren't options to block calendar downloads and as we all know Google Sync is very testy to say the least! I love the idea of the app, but I hate messing up my calendar.

Parashuram said...

@Burglar Alarm

I am working on a way to save the data in your Google Spreadsheets instead of Google Calendar. This would ensure that your calendar is not messed up.

Ernesto said...

Each time I log out, then log back into gmail, I have to grant access to my calendar. It never remembers that I granted access. Is there a way to remedy this?

Parashuram said...

@Ernesto, working on this, should be fixed soon.

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