On June 23, a Goldman Sachs worker mistakenly sent an email containing confidential information to a random Gmail account, putting the client's data at risk. Google responded to the mistake by blocking access to the email upon request, but now Sachs is seeking more.
This week a security researcher by the name of Oren Hafif revealed a method for collecting every single Gmail address in existence. This method was not a hack - nor was it necessarily a bug - but with a lot of patience (or a simple computer program), a spammer could have collected all Gmail addresses ever used. Hafif’s method ran for two hours and collected 37,000 addresses.
In October 2013, The Washington Post reported on an analysis of documents obtained from Edward Snowden in which details about the NSA's interception of Google and Yahoo data transmissions were revealed. Among the information were a couple slides that were revealed, one in particular that was said to have riled Google workers.
Just added to Google’s Transparency Report this week is Gmail, with a section called "Email encryption in transit". This report shows, "generally speaking", how much of your email is encrypted going in and out of Gmail. While Google appears to have some control over this, responsibility for security also lies in the hands of the email client you’re communicating with.
A few pictures of a revamped Gmail for Android have surfaced, showing a slight update to the app. It reminds many of the Google+ update that slid in recently, and seems to get away from the slide-out menu in favor of drop-downs. A floating compose button is also eerily similar to the Google+ Android app.
Google is in the process of updating Gmail for Android, tossing some new functionality into the mix that further expands its usefulness for mobile users. Most notable among the new features is the ability to save email attachments directly to Drive, side-stepping the process of saving to the device and then uploading to Drive.
Google is readying a significant - and potentially controversial - Gmail update for the desktop, leaked screenshots of the new interface suggest, making considerable changes that may take some getting used to. The email service has, since its inception ten years ago, been conservative in how it has evolved, but a more revolutionary change in line with a mobile UI update is believed to be in the works.
Google will no longer go scanning through the Gmail accounts of students and other education users, promising that it will no longer be collecting or using their private data for advertising. The company had already switched off adverts for those using Google Apps for Education by default, but from today will also completely remote the option to turn them back on.