GOOGLE HAS MADE a couple of enhancements to its Gmail webmail service outside the usual Wednesday update routine.
First up, users are now able to attach files stored in Google Drive as attachments. Until now, rather than attaching, files would be accessed by following a link embedded in the email, but this didn't always work, especially if the recipient was a Google refusenik.
The downside of doing this is that you don't end up with a single document with collaborative changes, but for those times when you want everyone to have their own copy and not do any meddling, it's ideal.
Meanwhile Gmail for desktop is safer today, thanks to the addition of Content Security Policy (CSP) support.
The Gmail blog burbles enthusiastically, "There are many great extensions for Gmail. Unfortunately, there are also some extensions that behave badly, loading code which interferes with your Gmail session, or malware which compromises your email’s security.
"Gmail's CSP protects you, by stopping these extensions from loading unsafe code." before explaining that CSP is there to save the day.
It works by blocking any extensions for Gmail and indeed the whole Chrome infrastructure that behave suspiciously, and therefore could be spying on you or nicking data.
Google warns that while most respectable extensions should now conform to the standard set down by CSP, the odd straggler might still be around that isn't complying yet, and some users may find they have an old version of the extension installed.
If this happens, check for updates to your extensions before you start throwing things.
Google has made several in-roads into improving the security of Gmail. Last year in began hosting all embedded images on sandboxed proxy servers so that if they had an unwelcome payload, it wouldn't ever affect the end user.
Our regular Thursday round up of the latest updates and enhancements to Google returns tomorrow. µ
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