Gmail Sends Warning To Users Over Unsecure Connections

Google is marketing Safer Internet Day by introducing new authentication features to Gmail, which will help in identifying emails that would prove to be harmful or are not completely secure.
Google states:
“Online safety is super important. And today, on Safer Internet Day, we're hoping you can help us help you make your Google Account even more secure.”
It was last year when the company said that it would beef up security and identify emails which would arrive over an unencrypted connection, and now Gmail has implemented this particular plan, which Google announced has passed one billion active users. Gmail will not only flag emails sent over unsecured connections, but it will also warn the users who are sending the emails.
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The two changes which will be seen by the users, as per the official blog are as follows:
  1. If you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message.
  2. If you receive a message that can’t be authenticated, you’ll see a question mark in place of the sender’s profile photo, corporate logo, or avatar.
Another measure which has been implemented by Gmail today will show users when they receive messages from an email account which is not authenticated. If the profile picture of that particular email is a question mark, it means that Gmail was not able to authenticate it.
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Authentication is the way in which one can easily assess whether an email is a phishing attempt or some kind of malicious attack designed to snare the data or information of the user.
The company states:
“Email authentication is a way to ensure that an email provider will be able to recognize the sender of an incoming message and fight spam and abuse. You can use authentication data to verify the source of any message that you receive. For example, if you receive a message from a big sender (like a financial institution, or a major email provider, like Google, Yahoo or Hotmail) that isn’t authenticated, this message is most likely forged and you should be careful about replying to it or opening any attachments.”
Unauthenticated emails don't mean that it is necessarily dangerous; however, through this new indicator, Google is providing its users more visibility on potential threats, which will allow the users to make better decisions related to their online security.
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Finally, Google gave its users good new today, which is that they will be gifting users with 2GB of additional storage for Google Drive for free. In order to grab this freebie, users will simply need to complete the new security checkup in their Google account.

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