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Friday, December 02, 2005

Google adds Virus scanning to Gmail.


Google Inc. has added a virus scanning facility to Gmail Web mail service recently. Unlike most of the other services, Google check for viruses while attachments reside on their server

Now, Gmail will automatically scan all attachments users send and receive.

Gmail will attempt to clean or remove viruses from infected attachments so that users can access the attachment's information; otherwise, users will not be able to download the attachment. Gmail will also prevent users from sending messages with infected attachments.

Until now, Google protected Gmail users from viruses simply by blocking messages that carry attachments commonly associated with virus attacks.The lack of virus scanning may be the reason why Gmail is still in beta.

Link: Gmail Faq

- Sujith Tom

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