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Now Google has taken steps to protect Gmail users from such attacks – but one feature will only be available to a select group.
The update that has been rolled out is mainly focused on Gmail enterprise users.
The businesses will receive two features that all other Gmail users had access to – early phishing detection and click-time warnings.
They also now have access to a third feature – which displays a warning to check if you want to reply to unrecognised e-mail addresses.
Spammers often are able to find out sensitive information, such as the server from which your e-mail is tied to, when you hit reply.
Google have launched a new Gmail security feature – but only for some users
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With the new security feature, Gmail enterprise users receive a warning if they try to reply to someone who is not an existing contact.
The warning also appears when you try to reply to someone you interact with regularly or someone outside of your company remain.
Gmail enterprise users also received two security features regular Google Mail users have had access to.
Google currently uses machine learning to block spam and phishing messages from appearing in your inbox.
The California based firm boast that this has an accuracy rate of “over 99.9 per cent”.
To early phishing detection delays messages to perform phasing analysis and protect users from having their data compromised.
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Google promise that "less than 0.05 per cent of messages on average" are affected and the delay is no longer than four minutes.
The second feature is click-time warnings.
Google's Safe Browsing service provides lists of URL that contain malware or phishing content to leading browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
These web addresses are also provided to internet service providers (ISPs).
By doing a similarity analysis and looking at reputation of sites, Gmail can generate click-time warnings for malware and phishing links.
Google promises that this reaction to malicious links will improve over time and can adapt to the issue more quickly than manual systems ever could.
The tech giant also revealed that Gmail is getting new built-in defences against ransomware and polymorphic malware.
Google said all of this combines to mean Gmail cam now block “millions of additional emails that can harm users.”
The news comes after Android users were warned of a malware campaign that could have affected 36million devices.
The malware, dubbed Judy, was spread from dozens of apps on the Google Play store.
The Judy malware campaign produced fake advertising clicks in order to generate revenues for those behind it.
Experts fear some 41 malicious apps which were downloaded up to 18.5m times from the Google Play store have spread the malware to up to 36m devices.