Google’s Email Service To Alert Gmail Users About Unencrypted Messages

What exactly the oft-mentioned headline means? Yes, Gmail to warn you of emails that come from unsecured routes and all that classified as Google will be alerting its email service users from unencrypted messages and in the on-going quest to lock down your email communication, the search giant is effortlessly working on a new notification system for Gmail. Alerts will let you know when you receive message from an incoming mail server that’s not encrypted. Details on this topic can be found right after this jump.

Google plans to ramp up security at its free email service by letting users known when messages arrive through unencrypted connections that could be prone to snooping or tampering. When you click on an email, you likely don’t think much about the swift journey it made from the sender’s inbox to yours Gmail. But some mails providers still send content over unencrypted routes and for that Google is prepping to notify Gmail users if this is the case.

The Mountain View-based company continues its work on email security, partnering with researchers to analyze changes since 2013. However, a multi-year study found that while email security improved over the last two years, but threats remain from the fact of those tampering with SSL requests and malicious DNS servers. Nevertheless, the issues don’t impact Gmail to Gmail messages, but at the same time could eventually cause issues with correspondence from outside email providers. To get rid, and combat this issue – Google came up with the new warning system. Warns Gmail users by alerting users to potential dangers, and they’ve expected to roll out in the months to come.

Check this out: Google says that encrypted messaging is on rise, since 2013 and the number of encrypted emails to Gmail received from non-Gmail senders increased from 33% to 61%. Because of that final 39%, though, Google will serve up warnings.

The study identified new security challenges. Some regions of the Internet are interfering with message encryption by tampering, and Google also uncovered malicious DNS servers publishing fake routing information to email servers, allowing attackers to censor or alter messages before they arrive in your inbox. Gmail users have a good news and that is, more than 94 percent of inbound Gmail messages carry some form of authentication.

These warnings will begin to roll out in the coming months,” Elie Bursztein and Nicolas Lidzborski of the Gmail security team said in a blog post this week. “While these threats do not affect Gmail to Gmail communication, they may affect messaging between providers.”

Security threats won’t disappear, but studies like these enable providers across the industry to fight them with better, more powerful predictions today and going forward,” Bursztein and Lidzborski said.

Google, Yahoo and other online firms have been moving to boost encryption of websites and email in an effort to boost privacy amid growing concerns about hacking and surveillance.


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