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Worrying New Gmail Scheme Makes It Seem Like You’re the One Sending Spam

Getting rid of spam is a never ending game of cat and mouse. Just as soon as email hosts figure out how to thwart spammers’ latest tricks, the spammers come up with new ways to fill your inbox with junk you don’t want. Read More >>

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PSA to Yahoo and AOL Users: Your Emails can be Scanned for Targeted Advertising

If you use AOL or Yahoo for email, you should be aware that a recent change in the privacy policy of Oath—the umbrella company that controls both services—now allows your emails to be scanned and the information used for targeted advertising. Read More >>

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There Might Be a New Self-Destructing Message Feature in the Gmail Revamp

Earlier this week, news leaked about Google’s plan to revamp Gmail sometime in the next few weeks, and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks pretty good. The interface seems cleaner and more intuitive to use, and a new sidebar on the right should make multi-tasking easier too. Read More >>

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Leaked Images Suggest Gmail’s Redesign Is Going to Be Very Attractive

Yesterday, Google sent out an internal email to G Suite administrators announcing a new design for Gmail on the web sporting a “fresh, clean look.” Images of what is presumably the redesign appeared on Imgur late last night with key info redacted via large black blocks, and today The Verge obtained additional images of what the revamped Gmail could look like when it rolls out for real sometime in the next few weeks. Read More >>

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A Glitch in Gmail Could Expose You to Netflix Scammers

You may be aware that Gmail doesn't think dots are important, so if you have a dot in your email address it'll just ignore it and carry on as if it weren't there. So for instance, if I were to sign with tompritchard@gmail.com (that's not actually mine, don't send this account hate mail) emails sent to tom.pritchard@gmail.com would end up in my inbox. The problem is not everyone sees the world the way Google does, and doesn't ignore the fact dots can and do appear in email addresses. Netflix is one of them, and that opens up the possibility of being scammed. Read More >>

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The Original Gmail Was Garfield Mail

Back when a brand-new company called Google was getting its first trickle of angel investment from the likes of Jeff Bezos and others, early netizens could already use a service called G-mail in 1998. Mainly, it was used by fans of a certain obese, lasagna-loving cartoon cat. Read More >>

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Google’s Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavours: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s favour, so it’s worth paying some attention. Read More >>

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How to Clean Out Your Gmail Account and Start Again From Scratch

When Gmail showed up in 2004 with its overwhelmingly generous 1GB of free space for everyone, we never thought we’d have to delete an email again—but even though that free space is now 15 times what it once was, email is more burdensome than ever. Read More >>

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How Google Is Stopping Phishing Attacks from Unverified Apps

Google is stepping up its effort to block phishing attempts that use app permissions to gain access to users’ Gmail accounts. These phishing attacks invite users to grant an app permission to manage their Google account—which lots of safe apps do, too—and then exploit those permissions to take over an account or send spam. Read More >>

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How to Back Up All of Your Online Accounts Offline

Big fans of the cloud as we are, there’s no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don’t have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here’s how to make sure you’ve got local copies of everything. Read More >>

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Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails to Serve Ads

Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users’ inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It’s a sleazy business model, but Google certainly isn’t alone: Most other free email services (and, hi, social media platforms) do the same thing. Read More >>

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5 Uses for Gmail Beyond Sending Boring Old Regular Emails

Even if you don’t personally use Gmail, someone you know does. The service is perfect for people who need an email address independent of their work one, and far better alternative than security nightmares like YahooMail. Yet Gmail, despite the name, isn’t just a great platform for email. Read More >>

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The Best Add-ons For Protecting Your Gmail Account

There’s no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you’re hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google’s services more secure you’ll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info. Read More >>

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Use Apps In Your Work Gmail

Google has announced a new feature on its G Suite developer blog that will allow app creators to integrate features of their products directly into work-Gmail. Read More >>