Earlier this week Google has updated some of its anti-phishing filters on Gmail, which will now display stronger warnings and keep users from being exposed to malicious websites. The updated system is currently rolling out on Android devices.
Google mentioned the new anti-phishing measure in a blog post, saying this addition should keep you safer. When you click on a suspicious link inside of Gmail, the website will now throw up a pop-up warning that:
"The site you are trying to visit has been identified as forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal, or other sensitive information."
Users will, of course, still be able to bypass the system and visit the link, with Google conceding that it may encounter some false positives with this system. However, the company says it hopes warnings like these, similar to other security features that have been in place for years, will hopefully make people be a bit more involved and cautious about their actions online.
The new system, currently rolling out in waves, comes just as a phishing scam has been making the rounds on Gmail, which tricked users into disclosing information by clicking on a seemingly-legitimate Google Docs link. Luckily, that threat has been mitigated over the past few days.