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12.1.05

Gmail has anti-virus.

Filed under: e-mail, Google — Hogg @ 1:11 pm

Google’s Gmail now comes equipped with an anti-virus scanner.

Each time you send and receive attachments, Gmail automatically scans them for viruses.

If a virus is found in an attachment you’ve received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can’t be removed from the file, you won’t be able to download it.

If a virus is found in an attachment you’re trying to send, you won’t be able to send the message until you remove the attachment.

Good job, Google. You win.

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2 Comments »

  1. Turns out it’s powered by Sophos AntiVirus. Take a look at this article which was posted on digg, great read:

    http://thebillygoatcurse.com/37?refer=32001

    Comment by Lee Hord — 12.6.05 @ 6:09 pm

  2. This should be pretty useful. As more users sign up for g mail, at least it would provide some additional security. Its quite scary, but i still know people that have never even heard of ‘antivirus’ software, let alone understand why they would need one!

    Comment by Oscar Singh — 08.8.07 @ 7:18 am


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