9to5 Google: New Gmail with Google Chat tabs rolling out for free accounts, here’s how to turn on. “Last year, Google announced that the future of Gmail will see Chat messaging and group Rooms join the existing Meet video calling integration. This is already available to enterprise Workspace users, and Google is now letting personal Gmail accounts get this ‘integrated workspace.’” Isn’t this something GMail had several years ago, or was that a different integrated chat?
Krebs on Security: Fintech Giant Fiserv Used Unclaimed Domain. “If you sell Web-based software for a living and ship code that references an unregistered domain name, you are asking for trouble. But when the same mistake is made by a Fortune 500 company, the results can range from costly to disastrous. Here’s the story of one such goof committed by Fiserv [NASDAQ:FISV], a $15 billion firm that provides online banking software and other technology solutions to thousands of financial institutions.”
Ars Technica: Mimecast says SolarWinds hackers breached its network and spied on customers. “Email-management provider Mimecast has confirmed that a network intrusion used to spy on its customers was conducted by the same advanced hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack.”
Politico: The Pentagon had an email security problem. The pandemic fixed it.. “In December, the Pentagon quietly adopted a security measure for ensuring that its email conversations with outsiders would be encrypted — more than a decade after many private companies and other institutions had done the same. Attempts to permanently fix the flaw didn’t gain momentum until last year, when DoD officials realized that the weakness was exposing electronic conversations with a host of civilian agencies and companies developing Covid-19 vaccines.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free Email Tools to Clean Your Inbox and Make Gmail Better. “The internet has hundreds of social networks, thousands of chat apps, and millions of ways to connect with people, but good old email isn’t going anywhere. Your email inbox still rules your personal and professional life, so it’s in your best interest to learn all the tips and tricks to get the most out of email. The good news is that all you need are a few free apps and browser extensions.”
Mashable: How to use Gmail: The best tips and tricks to conquer your inbox. “From scheduling emails to be sent at a future point to un-sending an important email you’ve just realized contains a massive blooper, these hacks will see you mastering your Gmail account instead of being scared of it.”
Wired: How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails. “It might not matter for all those newsletters, special offers, and account notifications that clog up your inbox, but what about emails and documents you really need access to? It helps to have at least some of your emails backed up in another location so that you can always get at them, offline or otherwise.”
The Guardian: Spam’s new frontier? Now even spinach can send emails. “Don’t underestimate spinach – scientists have also found that spinach converted into carbon nanosheets can help make fuel cells more efficient.”
Make Tech Easier: Zoom Reportedly Developing Email and Calendar Services. “There’s no doubt Zoom achieved extreme popularity this year in the face of the global health pandemic. Workers and students were forced to turn to Zoom to communicate with bosses, teachers, and each other online and fell to various video-conferencing platforms, with Zoom being the undisputed king of them all. Zoom may be realizing that its run may be nearing an end once the pandemic has finally been extinguished as it is reportedly considering expanding to offer email, calendar, and messaging services.”
ZDNet: Partial Gmail outage resolved: Users reported a variety of problems Tuesday. “Well, that didn’t take long. Google fixed multiple problems with its services this week but less than a day later network administrators and users started seeing another rash of Gmail problems.” Including me. If you tried to reach me yesterday and the email bounced, please try again.
Neowin: Gmail now lets users edit Microsoft Office files in attachments. “Google has announced a handful of new capabilities for the tools in Google Workspace, formerly known as G Suite. The improvements are coming to Gmail, Google Docs, and Sheets, and they’re rolling out today, for the most part.”
The Hill: Google ordered to disclose emails in Russia oligarch’s divorce. “A federal judge in San Jose, Calif., has ordered Google to hand over emails from the son of Russian oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov, a billionaire who has been embroiled in a four-year, $600 million divorce battle with his ex-wife.”
The Verge: Google will soon let you opt out of Gmail’s data-hungry smart features entirely. “Google is adding a new option to let users opt out of having their Gmail, Chat, and Meet data used to offer smart features like Smart Compose and Smart Reply, the company announced today. Although you’ve previously been able to toggle these individual features on and off, the new toggle disables the background data processing that makes them possible.”
Bleeping Computer: New tool lets attackers easily create reply-chain phishing emails. “A new email tool advertised on a cybercriminal forum provides a stealthier method for carrying out fraud or malware attacks by allowing messages to be injected directly into the victim’s inbox. By slipping content in the normal email flow, the utility can help bypass protections that verify messages traveling to their destination mail server.”