Google displays explanations for marking spam in Gmail

The idea is to make users better informed about the reasons why some email ends up in the spam folder

Google has begun labeling the reason for marking messages as spam in Gmail, so that users have a better idea why some email is being flagged as such.

"Simply look at any message in your spam folder and now you can find out why it was put there and learn about any potentially harmful content within the message," wrote Ela Czajka, a Google software engineer, in a blog post.

Spam explanations include phishing scams, messages from an unconfirmed sender, similarity to suspicious messages and administrator-set policies. Google hopes that for users who check their spam folders, this information will serve to familiarize themselves with scams and be better informed and able to protect themselves.

"We hope that this is not only interesting, but also helps you learn about scams and other harmful messages that Gmail filters out. Whether you prefer to leave your spam folder untouched or do some educational digging, the information will be there for you," he wrote.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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