It's the age of cyber crime. The scariest prospect nowadays is not being killed in real but being killed electronically. We have gone the electronic way in most of the things in the world at present because of the benefits it offers. We store, send, buy, post, even travel (Google Earth) etc. on the web.
The risk has increased manifold over the years with privacy and confidentiality being compromised.
Being linked to the World Wide Web at all times comes with its shares of dangers. Well, the Gmail users on iOS can now relax a bit (not completely though) with Google stepping up its anti-cyber crime stance with its release of new and improved Anti-phishing tools for its platform.
The updated email app will intimate the user whenever a suspicious link is found in the user's e-mail box or account.
Thereafter, whenever one clicks on any link which the Gmail app thinks to be suspicious, in a message on the iPhone or the iPad, a warning message will be displayed.
The message displayed will read “Suspicious Link” and ask for the user’s permission to proceed to the link. The user is cautioned to proceed only and only if he/she believes that the website is legit. If there's even the slightest of doubt, the user is to click on 'Cancel', thereby terminating the action.
In the event that we believe that the link is not suspicious and does actually turn out to be one, the URL will redirect to a page hosting a warning message which basically states “that the website being accessed is a fraud and might trick you to divulge your personal and financial details.”
So, the next time, you get to see such a message, it's in your best interest not to proceed. The update has been released for all G-Suite editions and will take a couple of days to appear on Gmail.
Good vs. Evil
Since the inception of the internet, we have heard about massive cyber crimes being committed, and in most of the cases, the perpetrators have gotten away scot free due to the extremely complex nature of the web.
For instance, take the recent case of the ransomware attack on WannaCry. All the companies in the web servicing business are trying very hard to develop techniques and solutions to prevent the repeat of such incidents.
This war which is on constantly in between the web service providers and the cyber criminals is going to be a never ending one. There is no end to this, as it's a race between both sides trying to outdo each other by developing and inventing newer technologies until a newer one comes and the older one is rendered useless. The finish line is theoretically the time taken for adaptivity of the newer technology.