Gmail just got an interesting update. (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)
Gmail just got an interesting update and it's really impressive. The new security feature in Gmail relies on deep learning algorithms to enhance user protection against a particularly fruitful attack from hackers. We have often been advised to stay away from email attachments that have been addressed from unknown parties as these files may contain malicious payloads capable of hacking your machine. To avoid such situations, Google has come up with deep algorithm feature where such emails actually reach their destinations.
Deep algorithms will scan attachments coming to your inbox in search of hidden hacks. Google has been using the new tool since late 2019, the company explained in a blog post. Since then, it increased its daily detection of Office documents with malicious scripts by 10%.
''Our technology is especially helpful at detecting adversarial, bursty attacks. In these cases, our new scanner has improved our detection rate by 150%. Under the hood, our new scanner uses a distinct TensorFlow deep-learning model trained with TFX (TensorFlow Extended) and a custom document analyzer for each file type. The document analyzers are responsible for parsing the document, identifying common attack patterns, extracting macros, deobfuscating content, and performing feature extraction,'' the company said.
''Strengthening our document detection capabilities is one of our key focus areas, as malicious documents represent 58% of the malware targeting Gmail users. We are still actively developing this technology, and right now, we only use it to scan Office documents,'' the company added.
The scanner will work only with Office files, not other attachments, which means you’ll still have to rely on your wits when it comes to other files from unknown individuals.