Google adds anti-phishing features to Android app

LOS ANGELES - One day after folks found a suspicious e-mail in their inboxes inviting them to view a Google Doc that was in fact phony, Google introduced safer tools for its Android Gmail app.

Should a phony link show up in an e-mail, Google will warn you, saying, in part, "The site you are trying to visit has been identified as a forgery intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information."

Google said the rollout will be gradual, over the next few days.

"While not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions."

On Google's help page about phishing, the company says hackers are generally in search of your: usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account, mother's maiden name and your birthday. Google will never ask for this type of information in an e-mail, Google says.

We reached out to Google to ask about the status of features for the IOS app, and the company said "We have nothing to share at this time."

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