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Google has announced a new program for those who are most vulnerable to targeted attacks on via its services. Google says that the Advanced Protection Program is aimed directly at journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams. Advanced Protection Program gives these users a physical Security Key promising the strongest possible phishing protection. The program limits access to emails and files from non-Google services and blocks fraudulent account access with extra steps needed to prove you are the one accessing your account. Protection against phishing attacks sees the physical Security... Read more...
One of the most annoying things about Gmail for many users has been its inability to hyperlink addresses ad phone numbers. When you received an email with an address or phone number, you had to copy and paste that data into your dialer or Google Maps. In a small victory for users, Google has announced that Gmail has received a new update that will eliminate that cutting and pasting, helping to streamline your workflow. Gmail is now converting phone numbers and addresses into interactive hyperlinks when detected. Email addresses are also being converted as well, making it easy to email people... Read more...
Have you ever noticed that if you mention a product in email, it has a way of translating over to ads? In some cases, it might be a coincidence. But if you use Gmail, there is a much higher chance that Google scanned the contents of your email, picked up on a keyword, and delivered a targeted ad based on what you wrote. Oh, you didn't know? Google does in fact sift through the contents of your Gmail, though starting soon, it will stop doing that. Google is looking to bring its consumer-based Gmail service in line with its G Suite for businesses, the latter of which includes a version of Gmail that... Read more...
The nasty WannaCry outbreak has us all a little bit on edge. It also serves as a sobering reminder that a simple phishing scam can still create quite a bit of havoc. Sure, savvy PC users know better than to click on mysterious URLs in emails and instant messages, but for the bad guys, it's simply a numbers game—throw enough bait into the sea and you're bound to get a bite. To make things a bit more difficult for phishers, Google is implementing Safe Browsing technologies into Gmail. This is one of the many benefits of machine learning technology. According to Google, machine learning mechanisms... Read more...
Every savvy computer user knows to be wary of things like email attachments and hyperlinked text, especially (though not solely) when receiving an unexpected communication. It does not matter if the communication comes from a trusted source or not. In case anyone needs reminded of this, there is yet another phishing scam making the rounds, this time in attempt to dupe users through Gmail and Google Docs.This latest scam is rather sophisticated. It is basically a computer worm masquerading as an email from a trusted contact. It asks the recipient to check out an attached Google Docs (or GDocs) file.... Read more...
Google has been making strides over the years to make its Gmail application even more versatile for its millions of users. Earlier this week, Gmail for Android gained the ability to send and receive payments via Google Wallet integration. Now, the desktop Gmail interface is able to stream video attachments straight from your browser window. Previously, you were forced to first download a video attachment to your computer and then play it back using your app of choice. Now, however, you will see a thumbnail preview of the video attachment and will be able to stream it directly without going through... Read more...
Google is making it easier to send or request money from anywhere, and it is using its incredibly popular Gmail app as the centerpiece for mobile transactions. It is currently possible to send money to friends and family using Google Wallet via the desktop version of Gmail, and the functionality has been in place since 2013. Today, Google is extending that same capability to the Gmail app for Android. Sending money with the app is very simple, as you initiate the transfer by clicking the attachment icon (the little paperclip) like you would for a document or an image/video. Once the other party... Read more...
Gmail is ending support for Chrome browser versions 53 and earlier by the end of the year, Google announced in a blog post. Normally Google would not bother announcing such a thing, but in this case it made an exception because of the impact this could have users who are still clinging to Windows XP and Windows Vista. The last supported version of Chrome on either OS was Chrome 49. "As previously announced in April 2015 and November 2015, these systems are no longer maintained by Microsoft, and we strongly encourage you to migrate to more secure and supported systems," Google said. This announcement... Read more...
For what we're sure are obvious reasons, Google has long blocked certain types of attachments from being sent through its Gmail service. Those include .bat (Windows Batch), .exe (Windows executable), and .msc (Microsoft Management Console). Soon, .js (JavaScript) will be joining the prohibited ranks. This is the kind of feature update that's needed, although it's not one that's going to please those who need to legitimately send JavaScript files, such as developers or IT staff. However, given the kind of damage any sort of scripts can cause, it's hard to disagree with Google's decision here. If... Read more...
If you currently are in possession of a Google account (and who isn’t these days), you might want to pay close attention to the findings of researchers at Check Point. According to Check Point, new malware is making the rounds under the name Gooligan. Gooligan’s main attack vector is through Android-based smartphones, attacking users that have downloaded infected apps. Once Gooligan finds its way onto an Android smartphone or tablet, it proceeds to root the device and then downloads additional payloads to compromise email accounts and steal authentication tokens. But that’s not all, the malware... Read more...
It's been proven that some tech companies have been willing to cater to the government's every need, but others -- namely Google -- remain adamant about transparency regarding shady practices. Earlier this year, we reported on Google's new feature that informs users if they've become the target of state-sponsored attackers, so as to help you better protect yourself via whatever means you have available. We can't imagine what it's like to receive a notification like this, but it can't be a great feeling. Now, we're reminded that this functionality exists, as a slew of journalists and professors... Read more...
If you are a diehard user of Apple’s iPhone family of smartphones, but still are a heavy user of Google’s software products, we’ve got a major app update to bring to you today. Google has released a long overdue overhaul for its Gmail iOS app, and it brings over the look and feel of its Android counterpart. The new iOS version of Gmail gains large icons and bold colors associated with Material Design, and overall performance has improved greatly over its predecessor. Transitions are much smoother this time around, and the in-app settings let you dictate whether a swipe over a message will archive... Read more...
Ahmed Mehtab, a student from Pakistan and the CEO of Security Fuse, is in the running to score a $20,000 payday from Google's bug bounty program. While there remains some red tape to clear, Mehtab is likely to receive the bounty for discovering a rather crafty flaw in Gmail relating to its authentication and verification system, one that could make it possible for a remote hacker to hijack a Gmail account. The vulnerability lies in how Google handles multiple Gmail accounts. A user who has more than one Gmail address can link them and have the primary Gmail account forward email to secondary accounts.... Read more...
“I see a blue link and I want to paint it black.” Taking a cue from The Rolling Stones, it looks as though Google is looking to possibly change things up on its iconic search page by painting its search links black. While this might not initially seem like a big deal to switch from blue to black links in Google’s search results, users that have been thrust into the limited A/B testing are already revolting. Up until this week, users saw link names in blue and the actual URL right below in green. But with the link names now black, users are complaining that the change is actually a step backwards... Read more...
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