GMail will no longer allow the sending of JavaScript files

by | Feb 2, 2017 | Cybersecurity

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There should be few reasons to send a JavaScript file (.js) through email, but if you do find yourself trying to send, you may run into some trouble. Starting in February of 2017, Gmail will block all .js files. Gmail is even able to detect .js files within a compressed file such as ZIP, TGZ, GZ, RAR, TAR, etc..

The reason for the move is really quite simple. Javacript is considered an action script and is common in many types of malware, including ransomware. This is Google’s attempt to minimize the amount of malicious attacks stemming from email attachments. Of course, there are other ways to get a .js file over to your intended destination, but no longer will you be able to send through Gmail’s channel’s. Google is suggesting you use Google Drive, but any similar cloud service will also do the trick such as Drop Box.

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