New Gmail feature protects 'high-risk' users from being hacked

Defining five main threats to Gmail as malware, account hijacking, phishing, web attacks, spam, the engineer said Google aims to keep users safe. Additionally, there are new phishing protections in Chrome. The Safe Browsing feature will scan the relevant site and alert users if a site is suspected of possible malware or suspicious behavior. Even the fastest scanners can't prevent a phishing attack from a site that was used for an attack just moments after being created. Users will be encouraged to change that password, with warning prompts persisting and showing up on different browsers.

The second development shows how Google's Safe Browsing technology has now evolved to the point that the company can now predict the risks of phishing sites in real time.

Now the new predictive feature will only protect Google passwords, but at some point, the company plans to roll it out to cover all passwords that are saved in Chrome. To start, these will only be Google apps, but Google said it expects to add third-party apps in future.

Now Google has made an improvement in this feature by offering more personalized suggestions. Google clamped down on OAuth verification after the fake Docs phishing attack in May abused Google's OAuth access. If your smartphone has malware on it, codes generated by apps such as Google Authenticator could also be compromised. The feature makes it easier to remove this unwanted software.

Today, Google rolled out a new program called Advanced Protection for personal Google accounts, meant to provide much higher account security to users of services like Gmail and Drive who are at a high risk of being targeted by phishers, hackers, and others seeking their personal data. "T$3 hese might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety".

As part of a stream of new security initiatives launched for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google announced its Advanced Protection Program, which includes several new security options for users who are at a higher risk of being attacked online. "Once you enroll in Advanced Protection, we'll continually update the security of your account to meet emerging threats - meaning Advanced Protection will always use the strongest defences that Google has to offer". That's because there have been a rash of fraudulent plugins in the past that have tricked users into turning over full access to their accounts.

Vanessa Coleman