Articles about gmail

spam

It's not you, it's Big G: Sneaky spammers slip strangers spoofed spam, swamp Gmail sent files

Updated Google has confirmed spammers can not only send out spoofed emails that appear to have been sent by Gmail users, but said messages also appear in those users' sent mail folders. The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed created and sent spam with forged email headers. These not only override the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2018
walled garden

Google to add extra Gmail security … by building a walled garden

Comment Google is planning to add several new security features to its ubiquitous email service, Gmail, but they will come with a cost – literally and figuratively. Among the new features reportedly under consideration are self-deleting emails and a new "confidentiality mode" that would prevent emails from being printed or forwarded …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Apr 2018
Image by Arak Rattanawijittakorn http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-2364116p1.html

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

A developer has discovered that Gmail's email handling creates a handy phishing vector to attack Netflix customers. The problem is that Netflix, like most systems, recognises dots in e-mail handles (so richardchirgwin and richard.chirgwin are different accounts) – but Gmail does not. Over the weekend, developer James Fisher …
Grzegorz Milka

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Usenix Enigma It has been nearly seven years since Google introduced two-factor authentication for Gmail accounts, but virtually no one is using it. In a presentation at Usenix's Enigma 2018 security conference in California, Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka today revealed that, right now, less than 10 per cent of active Google …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jan 2018
peeking

Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service. The Chocolate Factory made the announcement in a blog post on Friday touting the success of its G Suite, the cloud apps service for business. G Suite is ad-free and doesn't scan content – for the obvious …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2017

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

Google has been ordered by a US court to cough up people's private Gmail messages stored overseas – because if that information can be viewed stateside, it is subject to American search warrants, apparently. During a hearing on Wednesday in California, magistrate judge Laurel Beeler rejected [PDF] the advertising giant's …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Apr 2017
Gmail icon photo by I AM NIKOM via Shutterstock

Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

Updated A substantial number of Gmail users have been affected by a potential but unconfirmed hack of unknown origin or purpose. El Reg learnt of the issue following a tip from a self-described "very security conscious" IT professional who got locked out of his Gmail account. This happened after one of his security phone numbers was …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2017

Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

Google has spent most of its day on Wednesday working to address ongoing problems around the world with its Gmail service. The Google Apps status page shows that since 0816 PT (1516 UTC) on Wednesday 14 September it has been dealing with issues that have been intermittently causing some users so be unable to use the webmail …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016
Monty Python dead parrot sketch

Google IMAP losing old security protocols this month

Google's ongoing elimination of the antediluvian SSLv3 and RC4 protocols is taking another step on June 16. From that date, Gmail's IMAP and POP services will join its SMTP services in rejecting connections using those protocols. Recognising, perhaps, that not everybody's been paying attention, Mountain View is giving users …

Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

Microsoft says users who access their Outlook.com addresses with Windows Live Mail 2012 will soon be cut off from sending and receiving mail. Redmond said in a notice to customers that as of late next month (the exact day was not given), accounts hosted on the outlook.com will no longer be able to sync with Live Mail 2012. …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2016
Crypto fingers

Gmail growls with more bad message flags to phoil phishers

Google's taking some of the user interface techniques it uses to flag insecure Web pages and applying them to email. The plan: to warn users of Gmail on the Web when they receive emails from people who aren't using encrypted connections, or if message authentication fails. The change is outlined on the Gmail blog. While a …
UC Berkeley campus

College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

A group of four current and former University of California, Berkeley students are suing Google, claiming its Apps for Education service illegally spied on them. In a suit [PDF] filed in the US Northern California district court, the group says Google used its education bundles to intercept student emails without their …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Feb 2016

Google wants to add 'not encrypted' warnings to Gmail

Google is getting ready to alert Gmail users when messages are received in the clear instead of via encrypted transport, in response both to slow adoption of encryption by some hosts, and apparent hostility to encryption in some countries. Seven countries – Tunisia, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda and Lesotho – …
google_chocolate_factory_cropped_648

Macquarie academics send Gmail a ‘Dear John’ letter

Macquarie University says it will drop Gmail after The Chocolate Factory decided to move its data storage from Europe to the United States. A notice warning staff of the change, from the university’s chief information officer Dr Mary Davies, says the move was prompted by data security fears. In its place the university will …
Bill Bennett, 29 Sep 2015
Google+

Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

Google will get rid of any requirement to "use" its tumbleweed-tastic "social network" Google+ from YouTube and others of its popular websites, following mounting annoyance among users. This means people will no longer be forced to use the ghost-town social network: you'll be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
Boy slapping another boy on the head

Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home

Virgin Media plans to shunt its email users over to an in-house system after Google told the cable company that it was ditching Gmail support for ISPs. The Register heard from a number of readers who have been told in recent days about the upcoming changes to the mail service. Virgin Media switched over to Gmail in 2009 and …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jul 2015

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has published a scathing open letter to Google's Gmail team after discovering that the service had incorrectly marked hundreds of his incoming email threads as spam – including ones containing kernel patches. "Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster," Torvalds wrote in …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jul 2015

Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

Google has decreed that the “Undo Send” feature in Gmail, which it first unveiled in Gmail Labs in 2009, is ready to go mainstream. Gmail Labs' original Undo Send option gave hot-heads five seconds for the transition from fury to regret. That's been changed in the general availability version, which lets +Inbox users give …

Create a news alert about gmail, or find more stories about gmail.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018