Gmail is one of the best-developed webmail platforms in the digital world. You don't keep your place at the top by stagnating, though, and Google released a quality-of-life update on Wednesday that brought some cool changes to the platform.
The first change is an update to the way that Gmail handles Google Docs' collaborative document process. If you sent a Google Doc to another user in the past, it would actually just be a link to your original work.
Editing the document meant changing the original, too. Now, emailing a Google Doc as an attachment lets the recipient edit their own version of the document.
That's not the only thing that Google changed. A new security feature that the company brought to Gmail and Chrome could power-up your computer's security.
Gmail for desktop was the other product that got an update. The product is now receiving support from Google's Content Security Policy.
Google's CSP blocks suspicious extensions and external processes that could be trying to snoop on your browser. Google explained more about it in an official blog post:
There are many great extensions for Gmail. Unfortunately, there are also some extensions that behave badly, loading code which interferes with your Gmail session, or malware which compromises your email’s security. Gmail's CSP protects you, by stopping these extensions from loading unsafe code.
Browser extensions are one of the most commonly-downloaded bits of malware. It's great to see Google extend its CSP even further, but you're still not totally secure. Your browser might already have some unwanted toolbars that don't set off Google's triggers.
If you have some of these toolbars on that you want to get rid of, then you need my step-by-step guide. Click here to find out how to get those pesky toolbars off of your computer.