Items tagged with Gmail

It's good computing practice to change your passwords every now and then, and also after a major hacking incident. The latter is why you should considering changing your Gmail or Yahoo password at your earliest convenience—over 272 million online accounts have been stolen and are being traded in Russia's underground market. Researchers from Hold Security told Reuters that it found a Russian hacker gloating in a web forum that he had stolen a larger number of online credentials. His cache of compromised accounts totaled 1.17 billion, though many of them were duplicates. After eliminating redundant... Read more...
This April Fools day and like all others before it there's no shortage of good gags floating around the Web. As always, some jokes are obvious from a mile away, while others are subtle and require critical thinking. With whatever April Fools' will bring, one thing is a certainty: Google's going to have a chuckle or two up its sleeve. This year, the company announced "Mic Drop", a humorous feature in Gmail that lets you have the last word in an email chain - and then never see it again. Admittedly, this is the kind of feature that many people would actually want, even if it's not going to be entirely... Read more...
Last week, we learned about the company teaming up with others, such as Microsoft and Yahoo, to make SMTP 'Strict Transport Security' a reality, a protocol that would make it even harder for malicious users to gain access to our email. In a new blog post, the company draws our attention to SMTP STS as well as a couple of other recent (and not so recent) ways the company has improved our security. On Safer Internet Day, which happened a month-and-a-half ago, the company introduced a new Gmail feature that highlights when email is received or being sent to a domain... Read more...
Spam is one of a handful of Internet scourges—we all hate it, and to some extent, we all suffer from it. That's one of the reasons why Gmail is so popular. Google's home brewed email service is really good (not perfect) at thwarting spam, and thanks to a new service called Gmailify, you can enjoy the exact same spam protection on your Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com email address, too. If you use of one of those email services but want the benefits of Gmail (which extend beyond spam protection), Gmailify is the answer. "Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells... Read more...
If your inbox is anything like mine, you often have to weed through dozens of emails per day, responding to a large portion of those when the need arises. Often times, all that’s needed is a quick response or a simple “yes” or “no” before moving on to the next message. In an effort to help streamline your digital life, Google is introducing Smart Reply for the Inbox by Gmail app. Smart Reply uses a form of artificial intelligence called “deep learning” to scan your incoming email, and will provide you with three short responses, one of which you use to reply to an email with a quick tap. The responses... Read more...
Gmail reduced spam from a major headache to an occasional annoyance, but Google is going after the remaining 0.1 percent of garbage that makes it to your inbox. The company rolled out new tools this week that are meant to shut down the most pernicious spam strategies and help important emails avoid getting inadvertently trapped in the spam filter. Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi describes the spam that makes it past the company’s filter as “Sneaky spam – the kind that could actually pass for wanted mail.” To nail it, Google is now employing an artificial neural network, which is machine-learning... Read more...
Google's free Gmail service is a constant work in progress that's been steadily improving since it was launched 11 years ago (or 6 years ago, if you don't want to include the 5-year beta period). Not every tweak Google makes is a functional one, and if you spend a lot of time in Gmail, you'll be glad to know that Google's made some visual improvements to its webmail service. First on the list is more themes. Lots more. Gmail themes have been available since 2008, giving users a fun way to dress their accounts, and now there are hundreds more high resolution options, courtesy of photographs taken... Read more...
We've all been there. We've sent an email or message with a hot head, or made a big error (eg: emailed the wrong person), and realized the big mistake after the "Send" button was pushed. It's frustrating and infuriating. Perhaps even sanity-degrading. Gmail has for quite some time offered an option in its Labs section called "Undo Send", but as most people don't traverse there, not many ever used it. But it goes without saying that many people would take advantage of it at some point, and it's for that reason that Google has added the ability to enable the feature from the standard... Read more...
With a full-throated "Me too!" targeted straight at Microsoft's recently-released Outlook app, Google yesterday upgraded their Gmail email app for Android to better support non-Google email accounts, including @yahoo and @outlook. Since last year users have been able to configure their other IMAP/Pop accounts to their Gmail for Android app, however, the app's somewhat shoddy design required users to switch between accounts to read and act on the content therein. With Gmail, Android users can now easily manage all the email from all of their accounts in a unified Inbox — the new "All... Read more...
China appears to be bringing the hammer down on American email services attempting to operate on its digital turf without officially banning them. The country briefly stole the cybervillian spotlight from North Korea last year when it allegedly crushed Gmail access for a long period of time. Now, according to watchdog GreatFire.org, Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird are experiencing a brutal man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. GreatFire.org keeps an eye on sites it believe blocked by China. (Source: GreatFire.org)The MTIM attack affects email clients and apps that use IMAP and... Read more...
Because Google adheres to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company hasn't ever allowed persons under the age of 13 to sign up for any of its services. Nothing could ever stop a youngin from fibbing about their age, of course, but legally, Google's been on safe ground. Rumor now has it, though, that the company is working out a way to legally offer its services to pre-teens - or at least Gmail and YouTube. The idea is that the children's parents would be the ones to sign up for the account, and would have full control over how they're used, and what kind of information Google... Read more...
Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering investigation. At issue here is a controversial warrant granted on June 11 that permitted law enforcement to siphon a suspect's entire Gmail account, including his address book and draft emails, in order to search the emails for evidence in his alleged crime. Though the warrant has... Read more...
After taking heavy fire in a California court from plaintiffs who contend its Gmail data mining practices within Google Apps for Education are illegal, Google is changing its practices so that it’s not possible to scan those users’ emails for advertising purposes. Further, “We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console,” wrote Google for Education’s Bram Bout. “This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to... Read more...
The sudden retirement of the man behind Google+, Vic Gundotra, was emotional and certainly appeared genuine, but there have been an additional impetus behind Gundotra’s decision to call it a career at Google. According to a TechCrunch report, Google+ is being dismantled--or at least, Google is completely changing how it views and uses the social network. The report says that Google+ will be considered as more of a platform than a product, a backbone as opposed to a front end. Somewhere between 1,000 to 1,200 Googlers work on G+, but many of them are being reassigned to other groups. For example,... Read more...
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