Whatever You Do, Please Don’t Fall For This Genious Gmail Attack

Email phishing is not a new term, it has been around since almost email was in existence and now that common wisdom in people has increased about email attacks, hackers have started exploring other, smarter ways of luring people into their traps.

A twitter user Tom Scott shared a screenshot that reveals another new trick to get users into trouble.

Because Gmail is the most widely used email service and a lot of people access Gmail via their web browsers, the shady email appears like it has an attachment while it is just an embedded image that once clicked, takes users to a sign-in page that looks just like Google’s.

Just like Google’s page, the Sign-in page collects username and password, that once collected, can be used to do a lot of harm to targets.

While tech-savvy users may notice that the phishing page uses data URI with prefix “data:text/html” instead, there is a good chance that normal users will not notice it.

So, keep yourself safe folks and don’t click on attachments unless you were expecting it from the sender. Chrome 56.0.2924 tries to warn users by adding a “Not Secure” in the address line, but you will have to be safe yourself.

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You can now receive larger email attachments via Gmail

When it comes to sending files from point A to point B, email is still the easiest way of doing this; you don’t need any other software, it just takes a few clicks, and you can be sure that the person B will get it easily. Until, well, the size if the attachment is less than or equal to the one that your email provider allows.

Gmail is still the king of email, and for sending and receiving an email attachment, the good old email service supported just 25 MB of maximum file size in the past. In a surprising step, the company today announced that it will now let users review up to 50 MB of email attachments.

Don’t be too happy, though, the maximum attachment size for outgoing email is still 25 MB, and if you are looking to send a file larger than that, you will need the help of cloud-based services such as Microsoft OneDrive, or Google’s own Google Drive.

The announcement post noted that the update might take up to three days to come into effect for all users. So you may have to wait for a little.  One more thing, you should keep in mind that the gmail storage is limited for free accounts so you may have to do a regular cleanup of your inbox if you receive too many large email attachments.

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What Are Experimental Gmail Features and How to Use Them?

Experimental Features are some ways that call help you telling a difference between a computer geek and a normal user. Gmail follows this trend too. Since last few years, Gmail includes a Labs panel buried in user settings that houses some really cool additional features for the Gmail.

Google says that these features are for the people who what to go adventure mode for Gmail and these are not yet ready for the Prime-time. In my testing, I have found that most of them are stable and don’t cause any trouble.

Enabling Experimental Gmail features

Enabling Labs (or experimental features) is just a matter of couple of clicks. You should note that these only work for the web version of Gmail. If you are running Gmail app for Android or iOS, you are out of luck.

To  get started open your Gmail account and from the inbox, Click on Settings button which is located below your Little Profile picture.

From the menu, Select Settings and wait to load the settings.

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On the top stripe of options,Click on Labs and viola, you are there.

For those who are too lazy to do that, Click here to open it in new tab.

From here you can enable or disable any Experimental Gmail feature.

Some Picks for starters

Preview Pane

This will add an option on your Gmail to split your screen in two columns with the preview pane for the email on the right side be default, you can also change it and set the preview pane for the bottom half size of the screen.

It look an works like the Stock Email app in Windows 10.

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Unread Message icon

This lab feature will turn your icon into an icon having numbers of new mail, which will be visible on the tabs bar on your web browser. It works on most of the recent browsers.

Canned Responses

Probably the best experimental feature in Gmail, it will be useful for lazy people. With this, you can create and save email responses for all future mails. When needed you can use a ready-made response and send it to the mailer.

For an example, you can create a response  saying that you have received the mail and you are working on it and when needed, you just have to make a couple of clicks to send it.

Yelp Previews

As the name suggests, with this enabled you can see reviews of an address right on your inbox. It will show you the ratings and if you click on them, you can see the full reviews on the website.

Have you tried Experimental Gmail features yet? if yes which one and how was your experience? share it with us in the comments below.

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