In a bid to make Gmail more secure, Google today released anti-phishing security checks for the Android app. The tool warns the user while a suspicious link is being opened through the app. It is interesting that Google released these checks right after Google Docs were targeted by a phishing scam.
Google announced the feature through a blog post, that mentions some of its details. If the app deems a link to be suspicious, it will warn the user via a prompt to keep the account safe. Google clarified in the blog post that not all emails might necessarily be dangerous, but the step is taken to keep the users aware of the link they are opening.
The feature is similar to Safe Browsing that was introduced for Gmail for Google Chrome on desktop last year. Safe Browsing works the same way this app version works, the users will get to see a warning message when a suspicious link, which Google knows is associated with phishing or malware, is being opened.
The new security feature for Gmail for Android is being rolled out in phases. It should gradually reach all the users in around 3 days, so fret not if you haven’t already received it.
Google Docs was targeted by a phishing attack earlier today, which the company claims to address within an hour. The users were getting deceptive emails stating one of their contacts to have shared a file on Google Docs with a link to it. The link would take the user to an app called ‘Google Docs’ with Google web address and ask authorisation to run the app.
The offending accounts have already been disabled by Google and this new feature will prove to be of much help to avoid any such incident in the future.