GOOGLE IS adding a new layer to Gmail in the form of a nagging notification that reflects badly on your contacts if they do not apply proper protection to their emails or use providers that are not as good as Google.
This is a great opportunity to look down on people from an ivory tower and set yourself up as a privacy pioneer and preservationist.
It's quite a smooth move from Google, as the firm will switch web and search protection to email. Which makes sense and is good timing. It was announced on Safer Internet Day, during which we sand-bucketed our routers.
"Gmail has always supported encryption in transit using TLS [Transport Layer Security], and will automatically encrypt your incoming and outgoing emails if it can," said John Rae-Grant, Gmail product manager, in a post on the Official Gmail Blog.
"It takes at least two people to send and receive an email, so it's really important that other services take similar measures to protect your messages, not just Gmail. Unfortunately, not all email services do.
"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."
Once this shade has been cast on your contact you will be able to choose whether to proceed or not. We get a lot of emails at The INQUIRER, and our advice is, if you don't like the look of one, do not engage with it.
The same advice applies to swans. µ
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