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Gmail for Android and Web Updated with Security Warnings
« on: August 12, 2016, 06:37:51 AM »

Google has just announced that it introduced two new security warnings to Gmail, web and Android versions. The new Safe Browsing feature has already started rolling out to the Android mobile version, and it's available when users access their Gmail accounts on the web.

The new security feature is pretty straightforward: when users receive a message that can't be authenticated with Sender Policy Framework (SPF) or DKIM, a question mark is placed on the sender's profile or avatar. This way, users know that the sender couldn't be authenticated, so they need be extra careful with the information they receive. This feature works both on the web and Android application.

SPF is a method for identifying and recording spam messages so that users would be warned when they receive such an email from a specific sender. In addition, DKIM refers to the digital signature of messages, involved in the encryption process.

The second security feature would allow users to see warnings when they click on a link in a received email. The Safe Browsing feature makes sure that users receive warnings before accessing websites that are known for phishing, malware or unwanted software. This feature is only applicable to the desktop version of Gmail.

The changes are set for a gradual rollout, which means that it could take some time until they reach all end users. Google is constantly making improvements in its applications, and just recently, it has updated Inbox by Gmail with improved sneeze feature.



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