Google to block mass emails to its Gmail users from April 2024

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In April 2024, Google has announced a significant move to block all mass emails targeted at its Gmail users. This decision, made official by Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiary, signifies a shift in digital communication practices and imposes stricter regulations on bulk email senders, particularly marketing teams.

The implementation of this policy has already commenced, with a noticeable increase in rejected emails observed in recent months. According to a source within the tech giant’s office, there is an anticipated 75% surge in rejected emails over the next two months, impacting marketing agencies and other entities reliant on mass email campaigns.

While this measure aims to curb the proliferation of spam and phishing messages, it poses challenges for businesses providing digital services. Companies accustomed to sending bulk emails, including those containing monthly bills and customer inquiries, may encounter SMTP errors such as 550-5.7.5.6 if they fail to adhere to the revised digital guidelines.

To ensure uninterrupted communication with Gmail users, businesses sending over 5000 emails are required to obtain prior authentication permission. This authentication process extends to messages sent and received via workspace accounts, albeit with variations in the streamlining process, as messages will be distributed within the subdomain itself.

In addition to email-related updates, Google has introduced changes to its Android operating systems concerning biometric authentication. Henceforth, when an app requests facial or fingerprint scans for authentication purposes, a small icon representing the application will be displayed. This feature enhances user security by promptly identifying suspicious apps and preventing them from conducting further activities.

This enhancement is already operational for users of Android devices operating on OS version 14 and those who have upgraded since February 6, 2024. However, the timeline for updating other OS versions remains unclear.

Google’s commitment to user security is evident in its proactive approach to addressing evolving cybersecurity threats. Nevertheless, given the ever-increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, users are encouraged to stay informed about the latest security measures to safeguard themselves against potential breaches.

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