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Gmail Will Start Blocking Javascript Attachments By Feb. 13

Gmail Will Start Blocking Javascript Attachments By Feb. 13

Gmail now restricts certain file attachments (e.g.exe, .msc, and.bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow.js file attachments as well.

Google has taken the extreme measure of blocking JavaScript attachments in Gmail to thwart extortionists.

Google has revealed that they will block Javascript attachments in Gmail from next month, this will come into place on the 13th of February.




Hackers may use.js files as malicious attachments containing hidden malware that infiltrates user computers or email inboxes in search of valuable personal information. That's because Google is going to start blocking Javascript attachments from Gmail messages, potentially shutting down a major security risk. However, opening JavaScript files from an unknown source can be risky.

We all know how risky it can be to try and open an email attachment from an address you don't recognize, so we don't do it, right? All of these files can no longer be shared as a Gmail attachment. Gmail already blocks the attachment of certain file types in emails for this very same reason, and those with the.js tag at the end will just be the latest added to the bunch. It has not been indicated if the receiver will also get an alert that someone attempted to send an email with a banned file. Users who attempt to do so will see that the file size remains to be 0K. This move by Google should prevent at least some instances of that happening, so this is a case of Google protecting Gmail users from themselves. The notification "Blocked for security reasons!" will also be displayed.

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