The controversy over encryption and Internet security seems to be neverending. As Apple battles the FBI in court over offering access to the smartphone of the San Bernardino attacker, Google has decided to improve the security of its email services.
In more detail, Gmail will display a warning each time a user is susceptible to attacks from the government. This move comes in the light of the most important case at the moment on online security that is waged between the federal government and tech companies. Google is known to support Apple in its endeavor to keep The Internet secure for all users against all threats, including the activity of the government.
The announcement was made through a post on the Google Security blog. It appears the email service will have an improved overall security. In this respect, Google will provide users with much more information on what is taking place regarding their accounts. A new feature will be implemented that will display a warning on the whole browser if the user if targeted by the government.
This is not the first time Google takes measures of announcing users of hacking attempts. Ever since 2012 the company has started displaying a warning on the top of the Gmail web page. However, it appears that only 0.1% of users actually received these warnings, let alone pay attention to them. These users are usually policy makers, activists or journalists who work on sensitive issues.
It is unclear whether the new warning will replace the previous bar or if they will work at the same time. It will display more information on the matter if the user’s account is targeted by the government.
The warning is set to state that there are chances that the alarm is false, but hackers backed by the government might try to trick the user into revealing their Gmail password. If the attackers are successful, they will have unlimited access to personal information of the user and thus spy on them.
Users who will receive this warning are recommended to enable a more complex authentication to their Google accounts, but also add more protection by setting up a Security Key.
Furthermore, the company has upgraded the Safe Browsing feature in their email services. In this way, notifications will be issued to anyone who clicks on a link received in an e-mail. If before people received a warning before clicking on the link, now a full page with a warning will appear that gives users a chance to give up on accessing it if they clicked on it accidentally.
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