Stay secure with advanced anti-phishing and malware capabilities

We recently introduced several features for G Suite to help keep your data secure. As described in our earlier post, this includes advanced protections against phishing and malware attempts. Keep reading for more information on these new settings and how they’ll be rolled out to your organization.

Following this launch, you’ll notice the new settings below in the Admin console under Apps > G Suite > Gmail > Safety. Each can be enabled, disabled, or customized.

In the “Attachments” section:

  • Protect against encrypted attachments from untrusted senders
  • Protect against attachments with scripts from untrusted senders

In the “Links and external images” section:
  • Identify links behind shortened URLs
  • Scan linked images
  • Show warning prompt for any click on links to untrusted domains

In the “Spoofing and authentication” section:
  • Protect against domain spoofing based on similar domain names
  • Protect against spoofing of employee names
  • Protect against inbound emails spoofing your domain
  • Protect against any unauthenticated emails

At launch time, the majority of these settings will be disabled for existing customers, because—depending on your domain configuration—they may cause false positives. To maximize security, the following settings will be automatically enabled for existing customers on April 4th, 2018:

  • Identify links behind shortened URLs
  • Scan linked images

If you don’t want these settings to be turned on automatically on April 4th, you’ll need to disable or customize them prior to that date.

For more information on these new settings, please visit the Help Center.

Note that G Suite Enterprise customers can view charts related to these settings in the G Suite security center, and the Security health page will warn them if these settings aren’t enabled.

Launch Details
Release track:
All settings launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on March 21st, 2018; “Identify links behind shortened URLs” and “Scan linked images” settings to be enabled automatically on April 4th, 2018, unless they’re disabled or customized prior to that date

Available to all G Suite editions (note that only G Suite Enterprise customers can access the security center)

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Admins only

Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Advanced phishing and malware protection
The Keyword: Helping G Suite customers stay secure with new proactive phishing protections and management controls

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