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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Google To Enforce .js (Javascript) Attachments Block In Gmail

Google has made an announcement that starting from the 13th of February (2017), they will stop allowing javascript .js attachments in their popular emailing platform Gmail. 

Apopup message would appear alerting the user of the security risk associated with sending .js attachments. 

Google will block .js attachments in Gmail from February 13

Gmail users will however still be able to send .js files over email via Google Drive or Google Cloud Storage. 
When the email recipient downloads .js files from either of Google Drive or Google Cloud Storage, Google will conduct a security scan on the file as long as the file size is not too large.

The rollout is expected to last between one to three days before all users are affected, and the feature is rolling out for all end users. 

The message “This message was blocked because its content presents a potential security issue” will be received when a user attempts to send a .js file. 

Google currently restricts a number of file formats for security reasons, including .exe, .bat and .hta. Most of these file formats are used for executable programs.

Some types of files are blocked even when compressed into archives and then attached to the email. Password protected archives, and archives that themselves contain password protected archives are blocked by Gmail. 

The measures are meant to prevent spread of malicious code and viruses. Documents with macros that can harm the recipient are also blocked. Additionally, Gmail reverts to Google Drive if the attachment file size is deemed too large
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