Gmail explains why it put *that* email in your spam folder

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Ever wondered why an email message was quarantined in your spam folder? Well, Google’s Gmail is now sharing that information.

In a blog post, Google announced that it would be sharing information about why it marked specific emails as spam.

So, lets take a look at some examples.

Remember last month’s malware campaign which posed as a scan from an HP printer?

Well, Gmail is intercepting those types of messages:

Here’s another example of a spam email intercepted by Gmail. This time they say they are blocking it because they have seen so many other spam messages originating from the same place:

I think it’s good that Google Gmail is doing this. If you don’t care why something was shoved in your spam folder you can happily ignore it. But if you’re curious…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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