informa
/
1 MIN READ
News

Google's 'Mail Goggles' Helps Avoid Embarrassing E-mails

By default, the feature is automatically turned on Friday and Saturday nights, but people can set for any day and chose the hours in which the safeguard is activated.
Google is offering to help people avoid those embarrassing e-mails that sometimes land in the in-box of ex-flames after a night of partying.

Mail Goggles, available at Google Labs, tries to prevent drunk e-mailing by posing a few simple math problems that must be answered within a number of seconds before the message can be sent through Google's Web mail service, Gmail.

By default, the feature is automatically turned on Friday and Saturday nights, but people can set for any day and chose the hours in which the safeguard is activated. "Hopefully, Mail Goggles will prevent many of you out there from sending messages you wish you hadn't," Gmail engineer Jon Perlow said in a company blog posted Monday.

Google received high marks recently from tech researcher Gartner for e-mail security. The basis of that technology stems from the 2007 acquisition of Postini. However, to have secure e-mail, the user must manually turn on the features through Gmail's account settings.

Google is working on other enhancements for Gmail, including the ability to run the Web mail service offline. No timetable has been released, but the offline capability would reportedly be through Google Gears, the same technology used in taking the company's online word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet services offline.

Once the software is downloaded to a PC, it's automatically synchronized with the online data, so users can work without an Internet connection.