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New Gmail feature builds awareness of email security

May 16, 2016
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Google recently announced a new security feature that’s coming soon to Gmail. Its purpose is to help you determine if you are sending email to an account that supports encryption. Encryption helps ensure that the message you send isn’t intercepted by a third party.

How the new security feature works

This new feature serves to raise awareness about email security. When you receive a message from or are about to send a message to someone whose email service provider does not support encryption, you will see a red padlock icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the email.

 

 

As a reminder, it’s never a good idea to include sensitive information such as a credit card number or social security number in any email. By showing email users this new encryption icon, Google is helping users make more informed decisions about what to include in their email communications.

More information

More information about this new Gmail feature is available in Google’s official Gmail blog.

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