Google used the recent Safer Internet Day conference to announce great news. Two changes are coming to Gmail that give the receivers of email more visibility into the underlying trustworthiness of incoming emails. Google is going to display icons and company logo's next to incoming emails, so that everyone can see directly whether an email came from a thrustworty party or not.
Google used the Safer Internet Day conference to bring out this news. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February. This conference is organised each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
As we wrote, Google announced that it made two changes to its Gmail platform. First, they display a broken-lock icon when mails did not come in over a secure connection, and secondly, your company logo is shown when your mail was correctly signed. To make optimal use of these features, you have to make sure that you've correctly configured your SMTPeter account.
When you're using SMTPeter, you do not have to worry about secure connections. SMTPeter always delivers all emails using secure connections to Gmail, so this broken-lock icon will never appear next to your messages. This new feature was mainly introduced by Google to warn their users for incoming mails that did not come in over secure connections. This is never the case for mails sent through SMTPeter.com. For more information about this, check the TLS encryption article from Google.
Besides the broken lock, Google can now also display your company logo next to your address name. To enable this feature, you need to do some work first. First make sure you've configured DKIM and DMARC on the SMTPeter dashboard. DKIM and DMARC are technologies to make email more secure, and that can be configured using simple step-by-step forms on the dashboard. To get more information or support, check our documentation about setting up sender domains.
Besides that, you have to create a company profile at Google+ so that Google can link your domain to your company logo. For more information about this, you can read the original blog post from Google in which the news was announced.