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Gmail virus scanning

by Nikola Strahija on December 2nd, 2005 Google has implemented virus scanning to Gmail, in addition to the existing virus protection based on blocking certain types of file attachments.

Gmail will now automatically scan all attachments users send and receive. It 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 has protected Gmail users by blocking messages that carry attachments commonly associated with virus attacks. A little over a year ago, a Google official said that the company was working on giving Gmail virus scanning capabilities, possibly by licensing technology from a third party.

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