Google rolls out anti-phishing security patch for iOS Gmail app

Google has finally rolled out its anti-phishing security patch to iOS-based Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad that will warn you about potential phishing attacks when you click on a shady link. This new security patch will take around 15 days for feature visibility to users.

Earlier, in May 2017, Google had released anti-phishing update to Gmail app for Android to keep your email safe & secure.

How Gmail anti-phishing security patch work?

Google, in a statement, said that if you click on a link that Google thinks could be suspicious, you will be warned. The app will ask if you are Sure you want to proceed.

Gmail iOS anti-phishing security check

A warning, The site you are trying to visit has been identified as a forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information, will be displayed after a user clicks on a shady link.

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What happen when you click on a suspicious link?

Google, in another statement, said that if you click on a suspicious link that seems to be dangerous to Google, it will show you a page like the one below and warn you against visiting the original URL. It will recommend that you use caution before proceeding because the link is likely unsafe. Only proceed if you’re confident there’s no risk.

suspicious link
Message: After clicking on suspicious link

Basically, these warnings are intended to prevent harmful phishing attacks and help you keep your account safe.

According to Forbes, it is estimated that 85% of companies were hit with phishing attacks in 2016, 90% of phishing attacks contained ransom ware and the average cost of a phishing attack was $1.6 million.

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Phishing is a fraudulent practice of sending emails in the name of reputable companies or a person with an intention to tempt individuals to reveal personal / confidential information, such as usernames, passwords, bank account and credit card details.

Therefore, the best way to prevent yourself from Phishing attack is to do not click on hyperlinks or links attached in the email, if you are not sure who send the email and for which purpose. Tag those mails as spam and block them.

Megha Jain

Engg & Freelance Author

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