New Gmail feature fights phishing

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For a while Google has been protecting users of its popular Gmail service from phishing e-mails by rejecting any message it knows is fake from senders such as eBay and PayPal.

This week Google announced a new tool that makes it even easier to know if an e-mail is legit. Gmail users can now enable a new feature "Authentication icon for verified senders" which places a key icon next to e-mails that have been verified as "Super-Trustworthy" by Gmail.

Right now the Super-Trustworthy designation will only appear on e-mails from eBay and PayPal since they have completed the numerous steps needed to get verified, but the Gmail team expects to roll this designation out to banks and other senders shortly.