U-M Google Updates

New! Built-in Gmail Protections to Combat Malware in Attachments


Google has announced new security features for Gmail customers, which include early phishing detection using machine learning and click-time warnings for malicious links. In addition, Google has updated defenses against malicious attachments. Google will correlate spam signals with attachment and sender heuristics to predict messages containing new and unseen malware variants. These protections enable Gmail to better protect us from zero-day threats, ransomware and polymorphic malware. Along with all these protections, Google blocks use of file types that carry a high potential for security risks including executable and javascript files.

Machine learning has helped Gmail achieve more than 99% accuracy in spam detection, and with these new protections, Google is able to reduce your exposure to threats by confidently rejecting hundreds of millions of additional messages every day.

These new changes are just the latest in Google’s ongoing work to improve protections to keep ahead of evolving threats. For many years, scammers have tried to use dodgy email attachments to sneak past Google spam filters, and Google has long blocked this potential abuse in a variety of ways, including:

  • Rejecting the message and notifying the sender if Google detects a virus in an email.
  • Preventing you from sending a message with an infected attachment.
  • Preventing you from downloading attachments if Google detects a virus.

U-M Google May Summary


The monthly U-M Google Summaries inform campus of Google releases for Core Apps as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the G Suite for Education agreement). We communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month. Core and Non-Core Apps are listed on the U-M Google List of Services page.

Core Apps

Streamlining the Messaging Experience for Android


To streamline the classic Hangouts, Google will remove external text messaging functionality in the classic Hangouts app for Android.

Android Messages is the primary place to access SMS and Google is working with carriers and device manufacturers to include Android Messages natively in Android devices. If you are currently using Hangouts to send and receive external text messages on your Android phone, in the next few weeks you’ll see a notification in the classic Hangouts app to switch to another SMS app already on your phone or to download Android Messages if one isn’t available. This will not impact your text message history and all your messages will be accessible in whichever new app you choose.

Note: This change does not impact Google Voice or Project Fi.

An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline


When Google launched the new Google Sites last year, they promised to share more information in 2017 about migrating from the classic version of Sites. Beginning late fall 2017, Google will launch features in classic Sites that will help site owners migrate content to new Sites. Google will announce a firm timeline for the retiring of classic Sites after the migration process is underway for many customers.

Once announced, the schedule will include at least one year of unchanged operation followed by three months of read-only operation. Migration will be possible throughout, including during the read-only phase. When the read-only phase ends, all unmigrated sites will be preserved as an archive. Before retiring the classic Sites, Google will ensure that the new Sites includes several features necessary for team sites, portals, knowledge bases, and intranets.

These will include at least the following:

  • Search a site
  • Restrict access to published sites
  • More granular access to different sections of sites
  • Embed URLs and code in sites
  • Notifications of site updates
  • Create larger sites, including deeper hierarchy
  • Corporate themes
  • More text formatting options
  • Custom web addresses
  • API capabilities

You can find out more information about when these new features and migration tools launch by following the G Suite Updates Blog.

Making email safer with anti-phishing security checks in Gmail on Android


Google has introduced a new security feature in Gmail on Android to help keep email safe. Now, when you click on a suspicious link in a message, Gmail shows a warning prompt to help keep your account safe. Here is what you’ll see:

Cell phone screenshot with Gmail warning

While not all email will be dangerous, we encourage you to be careful clicking on links in messages that you are unsure about. With this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions.