Google Beefs Up Security in Gmail; Now Blocks Gmail Add-ons that Can Spy On Your Messages

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  1. dgstorm

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    Google is taking security for Gmail to a new level. They recently updated the up with the capability to block third party add-ons that have the capability of snooping in your emails. They did this by implementing something called Content Security Policy, which stops web extensions from running code that has the potential to bypass security.

    It's possible that some useful third-party add-ons will be disabled by this upgrade, but either they are legit and will get an update which restores limited functionality, or they were probably something you don't want to begin with. Here's the full quote below from Google's developer blog:

    Sound off and let us know if you use any third party add-ons for your Gmail.

    Source: Official Gmail Blog
     
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    Yeah-Google doesn't want anyone but themselves spying on you. ;)
     
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    Well in Google's defense, they will only spy on the content but the author and recipients remain anonymous. Third party apps are another story. Since they are free to write the code as they choose, they could be taking a far less anonymous approach. They might even collect sensitive personal data so limiting access to them is highly advisable.
     
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