Application security, Threat Intelligence, Incident Response, TDR

Google enhances Gmail security to thwart malicious links, state-sponsored cyberattacks


Google yesterday announced several new protections for its Gmail service, aimed at protecting users from malicious links and government-sponsored cyberespionage.

On its security blog, Google announced that beginning this week, Gmail users who click suspicious links in emails will receive full-page warnings that read: “Warning — visiting this web site may harm your computer!” Users can still click through if they choose. Google already identifies suspicious links in messages before they are clicked on.

Users will also begin receiving full-page warnings when Google suspects they are being targeted by state-sponsored cyberattackers. Until now, such warnings have been limited to a small red bar at the top of the page.

Finally, Google stated it is teaming up with Comcast, Microsoft, Yahoo! and other industry partners to draft a proposed standard for ensuring emails are delivered only through encrypted channels.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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