Google has introduced more authentication features to Gmail. It was part of ‘Safer Internet Day’, which fell on Monday, Feb 9. The new features, said an official blogpost, will help users identify emails that could prove to be harmful or were not fully secure.
For example, Gmail on the Web will alert users when they are sending email to a recipient whose account was not encrypted with a little open lock in the top-right corner. That same lock will appear if you receive an email from an account that is not encrypted.
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And that’s why, starting this week in Gmail on the web, you’ll see two changes that highlight any affected messages:
- If you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message.
- If you receive a message that can’t be authenticated, you’ll see a question mark in place of the sender’s profile photo, corporate logo, or avatar.