Google: Spam and Virus Protection with Google Mail

Listing of Google mail folders including SpamThis past December 2nd,¬†Proofpoint and its daily spam digest were retired when Brown’s Google service began providing all spam filtering and anti-virus protection for University-addressed mail. As a result, all spam is now directed to and collected in your Spam box (located in the left navigation column within your Brown Google mail box at gmail.brown.edu).

A comprehensive “How To” on Checking you Spam in Google also includes details on what to do if it lands in you spam box but isn’t spam, how to prevent this from happening again, and dealing with a second spam filter.

In addition to spam filtering, Google has built-in virus checking. Most computer viruses are contained in executable files (which are capable of being executed or run as a program and therefore dangerous), so standard virus detectors scan messages for executable files that appear to be viruses.

Google blocks viruses in the most direct possible way: by not allowing users to receive executable files (such as files ending in .exe) that could contain damaging executable code, even if they are sent in a compressed (.zip, .tar, .tgz, .taz, .z, .gz) format. Messages sent with executable files bounce back to the sender.*

What if you need to share an executable file? You can do so using a shared networked drive or a service like CCV’s Digital Dropbox.

More information about file attachments is available at Brown’s Google Help Site.

* The blocked extensions are: “ade”, “adp”, “bat”, “chm”, “cmd”, “com”, “cpl”, “dll”, “exe”, “hta”, “ins”, “isp”, “jse”, “lib”, “mde”, “msc”, “msp”, “mst”, “pif”, “scr”, “sct”, “shb”, “sys”, “vb”, “vbe”, “vbs”, “vxd”, “wsc”, “wsf”, and “wsh”.

Note: This article was based on the December 3rd Morning Mail, “New Spam and Virus protection information.”

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