2 New Gmail Security Features You Should Be Familiar With


Online safety is something that never gets old, and there is always things that we can do to stay secure. Thanks to Gmail’s two new security features, we’re now going to feel a little safer since they will warn us about non-encryption connections.

The two new security features are very easy to understand and will be very useful. The first feature is an open red lock you are going to see on the same line of the name of the person you are writing to. That opened red lock means that the recipient’s email account isn’t encrypted, and the connection might not be as safe as it could be.


You will also see the lock when you receive an email from someone whose account doesn’t support TLS encryption. If you want more information on the matter, you can always click on the red lock to learn more, just like in the image below.


For your info, Gmail uses TLS cryptography to keep emails safe, but it requires two sides (the sender and the receiver) to make the whole process secure. Thanks to these new features, we now have visuals to tell us when we are dealing with an email service that doesn’t take security as seriously as Gmail.

The second security feature involves a question mark. If there is an email Gmail can’t authenticate, you will see a question mark where the sender’s profile picture, logo or avatar should be. If you want to see the authentication information, you can click on the down arrow right under the sender. This will be very helpful in identifying phishing emails that claim to be from Google asking you for your personal information. If you see that the email is from “Google,” yet the email couldn’t be authenticated, you can tell right off the bat that it’s a scam.

Google also said that not all affected email should be considered dangerous; they just mean that we should be careful as to who we respond to or what links we click on.



Hopefully, this will be the beginning of more Gmail security features to come to make our emails even safer. What security precautions do you take when emailing someone? Let us know in the comments.

Judy Sanhz

Judy Sanhz is a tech addict that always needs to have a device in her hands. She loves reading about Android, Softwares, Web Apps and anything tech related.She hopes to take over the world one day by simply using her Android smartphone!


  1. Security?

    Who would want to read about how my bunions are getting along?

    Anyone who hacks my email account would die from boredom.

    I mean, I get the point, but I never have anything confidential to put in an email.

    You should talk to your doctor about your paranoia, perhaps?

    1. Hi Garville,
      That´s good if you usually or never put any confidential information in your Emails, that obviously keeps your info safe. Paranoia? Nah, not at all. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for sharing this information. Particular in light of recent issues concerning security on our phones, the iPhone issue and privacy in general. It will be good to know how all of this will effect our privacy.

    1. Hi Karma,
      You´re welcome and every time something new is released that is usually the first thing we think of, our privacy. I guess all we can do is be as careful as possible. Thanks for commenting. =-)

    1. Hi tbillick,
      The feature has started to roll out to users, but hopefully, everyone will get it soon. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  3. I wonder about security also. but don’t think its totally about what we have in our account (s) that is the problem, Think of your e-mail account like a hi-hacked auto. You may not hurt anyone driving, but a hi-jacker may do more damage than you can imagine. Way to go Google!

    1. Hi JR,
      I agree, an account may be hacked not because it hold important info but for ransom, or just because they can. That´s why we should try and protect ourselves the best we can. Thanks for reading. =-)

  4. I rarely use my Gmail account, not because it’s “unsafe”, but, it is mainly a web email account. I prefer to use an email service not connected with the web. I have used Outlook Express, Outlook & Thunderbird. I have my own protection & I prefer not to use encryption. I mostly get newsletters like Make Tech Easier, which are computer related.

    However, I do think for Gmail users this is a sound idea. If Gmail users are interacting with one another, it makes good security sense to use encryption, especially when it is a business or organization that needs good security, on all levels.

    Years ago, when I had loads of emails from friends, this would have been a blessing. I don’t get any emails from friends, they all went to My Space then Facebook. Again, I only get computer newsletter from a variety of sources.

    1. Hi MmeMoxie,
      I used Thunderbird too for a while but somehow found my way back to Gmail. We all have our preferences. That´s great that you get our newsletter and I hope you enjoy every article you get. From what I can read, not a Facebook fan? =-)

  5. This is awesome idea to keep mail safe and secure from hacker. If the email is not authenticated, it can be easily identified it is a phising mail and therefore mail is scam. It help to keep the information confidential from the hacker. Great post. Thanks for sharing the article.

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