Google’s new notifications for Gmail warn you of security risks

Google’s new notifications for Gmail warn you of security risks

Gmail now has a dedicated notification system to warn users if they’re at risk of opening emails from insecure services or opening bad Web links.

In Gmail, if someone sends you an email that was sent from an insecure service, a red ‘unlock’ icon will alert you. Google says that since it rolled the feature out 44 days ago, there has been a 25 percent increase in emails from secure servers.

red lock

In Chrome, attempting to visit a less-than-savory Website earns you a notification screen, and Google is bringing that to Gmail. Now when you try to click a link Google knows is bad from your Gmail inbox, it will warn you before you even get to the browser; a helpful feature for those who may not be using Chrome.

new sb warning

For incidents of possible state-sponsored hacks, Gmail has a dedicated pop-up notification. Though it admits that less than 0.1 percent of users ever run into these attacks, Google feels it warrants immediate action on our part to better protect ourselves.

More Encryption, More Notifications, More Email Security on Google Security Blog

Read next: 'Atari Vault' is a bitchin' collection of classic Atari 2600 games on Steam -- and it's on sale today

Pssst, hey you!

Do you want to get the sassiest daily tech newsletter every day, in your inbox, for FREE? Of course you do: sign up for Big Spam here.