Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Must See: Gmail for iOS now has Anti phishing check

In May this year 2017, there was a phishing scam attacks on Gmail. Though Google was quickly notified of this threats and they released a feature that detects suspicious links in Gmail message body for Android users.

This feature flags suspicious links in messages, which if you intend clicking on such links, you will be warned. Google is doing this to warn users of suspicious links in mails that can be a phishing site.

This feature is called Anti-phishing check; now, after adding this feature to Gmail for Android, Google has added the same anti-phishing check to Gmail for iOS.

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Here’s an official statement from Google regarding this;
“Going forward, when you click on a suspicious link in a Gmail message on your iPhone or iPad, we’ll show you the warning below. We recommend that you use caution before proceeding, because the link is likely unsafe. Only proceed if you’re confident there’s no risk.”

The warning points out that you could be about to visit an untrusted site, and asks whether you really want to proceed. If Google already knows that a particular website is fake and therefor a security risk, Gmail will display an anti-phishing check message, telling you that the site is fake.

It also adds that the site intends to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information. If you are absolutely sure that the link is safe, you can still go to the site. However, Google warns that this is at your own risk.

Google stated that the anti-phishing check is being issued gradually to people that use Gmail on iOS devices.

Phishing emails can look like official correspondence from an online service that you use. They could even pretend to be a message from a friend or coworker, and they often contain a link that can make a victim unknowingly give away their log-in information or other valuable information to scammers, or even install malware on their computers.

While a lot of these phishing emails are easy to spot (look out for things like poor grammar and other sloppy mistakes made while trying to imitate a business), such attacks have become more advanced in recent years. Also make sure you view the link of that page (check if it's HTTPS secured) and also confirm if it's the official link address.

Thus, Google’s anti-phishing check has become essential to flag up potentially dangerous emails and even move some to spam folder.

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