Google adds Phishing Protection to Gmail App in Android

Popular Email provider company named Gmail adds Phishing Protection in recent update. Using this feature users will now be protected from phishing attacks on their Android devices. Recently, millions of Gmail users became the targets of a phishing scam in which someone they knew sent a Google Doc for them to edit.

Google says :

It had taken action against the phishing attack that had affected Gmail and Google Docs users. It disabled the offending accounts. removed the fake pages, and pushed updates through Safe Browsing and its abuse team. The company also requested users to report any suspect phishing emails in Gmail.

  • This week, we’re introducing a new security feature in Gmail on Android to help you keep your email safer.
  • When you click on a suspicious link in a message, Gmail will show a warning prompt helping you keep your account safe.
  • While not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions.

The company is rolling out a new security feature similar to that found in the web version of Gmail, warning people when an email contains a suspicious link. With this new feature, when a user clicks on a suspicious link in a message, a message, a pop-up notice from Gmail will warn that phishing is suspected.

Warning Message when you click on Phishing a link

“The site you are trying to visit has been identified as a forgery intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal, or other sensitive information,’ 

“You can continue to [the link] at your own risk.”

It then informs you that if you choose to proceed to the site, you do so at your own risk. It doesn’t seem likely that the recent phishing attack would have been flagged by this system at the time of its occurrence, as it was a hosted app on Google’s own domain.

Currently, the update is only rolling out to Android users, and Google has not indicated whether it will make its way to iOS in due course or not.

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