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Saturday, July 18, 2009

New in Gmail Labs: Authentication icon for verified senders

Gmail is always trying to improve and work on new ways to protect Gmail inboxes from spam and phishing emails. They have recently come up with a brand new feature in Gmail Labs: Authentication icon for verified senders. Enabling this new feature you can at least be sure you’ll not get any fake emails from eBay and PayPal.

Steps to enable Authentication icon for verified senders:

  1. Login to Gmail.
  2. Go to the following path Setting –> Labs tab and scroll down to locate “Authentication icon for verified senders”.   
  3. Select “Enable” and then click “Save Changes”.
  4. You are protected..!

Now you will see a key icon next to verified emails that are “supper-trustworthy”. Which is a technical term invented by Brad Taylor meaning  key_icon_1

  1. The sender, usually a financial institution, is a target of phishers,  
  2. All of the sender's email is authenticated with DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail),
  3. Gmail rejects any fake messages that claim to come from this sender, but actually don't. 

As this is usually for a financial institution that’s the reason this feature is limited to just eBay and PayPal for now, however Gmail will try to add more senders in future which would be great and I think most of us would agree on it, don't we ?

Gmail also claimed that whenever more of the senders will be added we would automatically see the super-trustworthy key icon appear by those senders too. Do let us know what do you think about this new feature.

[Source: Gmail blog ]



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