Million Gmail Accounts Infected: Anti-Phishing Security Update Rolled Out

Prayank

Google has updated the Gmail app for Android with a new anti-phishing security feature that’ll ensure additional security on your email client which will notify users of potential harmful links looming in their inbox.

Now on, whenever users click on a suspicious link in an email, the Gmail app will show a warning prompt which will read ‘Warning — phishing (web forgery) suspected’.

Phishing emails lead you to a website — which usually tries to emulate a credible website — that will try to trick you into disclosing your sensitive financial or personal information.

“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,” the company stated.

Users can also ‘report an incorrect warning’ in case they feel that a legitimate link is leading to a phishing warning.

Why This Update? Million Accounts Were Infected Yesterday

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This update comes in after Google Docs/Gmail users were hit by a phishing scam on Wednesday.

The phishing scam posed as an innocent looking Google-hosted URL which once you allow access to your Gmail, forwards the same link to all your contacts.

Since the email is coming from a known contact that has previously emailed you, it seems less threatful and makes people more gullible to clicking towards the link.

The attacker gained access to the inbox and contact list of the accounts infected but Google was successful in curbing the attack timely and reportedly 1 million users were affected.

“We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again,” the company said in an official statement.

There are many ways to avoid being at harm’s end on the internet and one of the basic ones is not clicking on links that seem suspicious to you — even if they come from someone you know.

You never know, they might be under attack. It’s always a good idea to confirm what the link is for from the person who has sent it to you in order to ascertain that you aren’t being led into a malicious trap.

Being safe on the internet is your responsibility, just like it is in real life and being precautious hasn’t ever harmed anyone.

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