Gmail Adds 2 Safety Features to Help Keep You Safer

By | February 11, 2016
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Gmail Adds 2 Safety Features to Help Keep You Safer

Darcy and I have always liked Gmail. Back in the day when Gmail was just starting out, the only way to get an email account was by invitation only. One of our subscribers “invited” us, and we both set up a Gmail account. Gmail gave us each 50 invitations to send to others, and during those days we gave away invitations via our newsletters.

Now of course, anyone can get a Gmail account just by going to and signing up. We use Gmail for our business because it works for us. We control spam with it, we stay organized with it, and now, thanks again to the folks at Gmail – we stay safer with it.

Gmail just added 2 safety features designed to keep its users safer.

This is from the Gmail Blog:

1. If you receive a message from, or are about to send a message to, someone whose email service doesn’t support TLS encryption, you’ll see a broken lock icon in the message.

2. If you receive a message that can’t be authenticated, you’ll see a question mark in place of the sender’s profile photo, corporate logo, or avatar.

Not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous. But we encourage you to be extra careful about replying to, or clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with these updates, you’ll have the tools to make these kinds of decisions.

Gmail has always been an innovator. It was the first to offer gigabytes of space when Hotmail and Yahoo were offering a few megabytes. Gmail was the first to offer two-stage authentication, and Gmail now is the first to offer TLS verification and Authentication verification.

If you use Gmail, you can now feel even safer.

5 thoughts on “Gmail Adds 2 Safety Features to Help Keep You Safer

  1. Donna W

    so can I import all my hotmail and outlook mail addresses to gmail and still send or reply with the hotmail address. I keep those addresses for different purposes but would like to have all in one place. Can I do this and still maintain those accts in gmail?

    1. infoave Post author

      Yes – see this Cloudeight Article. It’s about spam filtering with Gmail, but it shows you how to check up to five accounts in Gmail. And yes, you can choose (from a drop down) which account you want to send a mail from. You can choose one default, but you can, on an individual basis, choose to send from your Hotmail or Yahoo or Gmail or your ISP account- you’ll have a choice to send from any account you’ve set up in Gmail.

  2. Janice M

    I noticed those 2 changes you mentioned right away. I so appreciate their efforts to help keep us safe, too — I sent them a thank you, also. (It’s nice to know not everyone is out to pull some scam)

    I love all your info, tips, and tricks. (also your search box below) It’s very convenient and so easy to find any info that you’ve provided us. I always look forward to C-8 emails of every kind–THANKS AGAIN to both of you!

  3. Pat

    I, too, appreciate ALL the help to keep us informed and safe. I have been with you for a long time and have all the confidence in the world in your work and words! Keep up the good work and THANK YOU! You are Appreciated!!!


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