Security Update For the Gmail User’s
All the Gmail users have been notified about the new Google Mail feature which could be leveraged by online crooks to handle a trend of scams, media reported.
The company, in the month of April, unveiled its completely new design of Gmail which introduced a clean new user interface and a swathe of new features including the ability to snooze a message, auto-generate smart replies and self-destruct emails from the brand new “Confidential Mode”.
“It’s the Confidential Mode which is at the center of security fears, ” Show co. The UK reported on Saturday.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reportedly issued an alert on the “potential emerging threat… for nefarious activity” with the Gmail redesign, the report said, citing ABC Reports.
“We have reached out to the Google to inform them of intelligence highly relevant to their services and also to partner to improve our mutual pursuits in cyber-security, ” Lesley Fulop, DHS spokesperson said.
Central to these concerns was the new “Confidential Mode” feature that can require users to click a link in order to access these messages.
If I case you are a Gmail user using the official Google Mail website then the “Confidential Mode” appears when you click to open it. It shows a date for when the content will expire and informs the users that the email can’t be forwarded or downloaded.
However, its different case if you’re a Gmail user viewing the message as a third-party client or a non-Gmail user who receives a confidential email.
In those cases, rather than the information appearing in their web browser, users have to click a button to view the email. And this is where the security fears lie.
With the Google’s new Gmail design, scammers could send out fake versions of confidential email alerts and trick a user into entering very sensitive details.
“The tech giant is committed to safeguarding the security of users’ personal information|private information and hence, had created “machine learning” algorithms to identify the potential scams that cybercriminals bring out, ” said Google spokesman Brooks Hocog.
Scams are where cybercriminals try to trick victims into clicking on relatively reliable links in order to steal sensitive personal information.
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