Google is taking on email security threats with the announcement that Gmail is working on a new alert system that tells you if an email was sent over an unencrypted connection.
According to a blog post on Google’s online security blog, the search giant conducted a two year study into email security with the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan.
The study shows that while reliance on encryption is increasing for email services, there are regions across the world that are working against these systems by tampering with secure SSL connections and DNS servers that purposely allow room for attacks through malicious routing.
The percentage of messages encrypted with TLS that were sent from Google’s email service to other recipients increased by 20%, now recording 80% instead of 60% in December 2013.Google explained that generally, these attacks don’t affect Gmail-to-Gmail exchanges, but it could affect emails from other providers as they are routed from different servers.
Say if, exchange happens between Yahoo and Gmail then the probability of attack is high.As the servers are different.so,an alert system is on it’s way.
Google is about to up its email security game when it comes to Gmail.”Second, we uncovered malicious DNS servers publishing bogus routing information to email servers looking for Gmail.”
To combat and prevent these styles of attacks, the search giant says it will be rolling out the new alert system in the coming weeks, which will basically work as a pop up warning when you receive a message through a non-encrypted connection “to notify our users of potential dangers.