Google has begun rolling out a new anti–phishing feature for its Gmail for Android app, aimed at stopping users clicking on suspicious links.
When opening an email containing a potentially dangerous link, users will now be greeted with a message at the top of the screen reading: ‘Warning - phishing (web forgery) suspected’.
This is broadly similar to a tool found in Gmail’s desktop edition, which has been warning users to remain vigilant for a number of years.
Google stated: “While not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about.”
The move is particularly prescient as Gmail users have just suffered from a widespread phishing attack that saw hackers link to an official Google Docs page in an attempt to gain access to personal details.
In that instance, Google’s new tool would not have worked as the unsafe message linked to one of the search giant's own web pages.
The company has since pulled the fake pages and taken down accounts behind the attack.