Google to filter duplicitous Unicode Homoglyphs as spam in Gmail

Google has announced that it is updating its spam filtering algorithm in Gmail to stay ahead of spammers. Now, duplicitous Unicode Homoglyphs will be added to the spam filter and Gmail will reject emails with suspicious combinations of letters.

This will help to protect users who may otherwise be tempted to click on links with different combinations of letters that may resemble traditional Latin letters:

Scammers can exploit the fact that ဝ, ૦, and ο look nearly identical to the letter o, and by mixing and matching them, they can hoodwink unsuspecting victims. Can you imagine the risk of clicking "ShဝppingSite" vs. "ShoppingSite" or "MyBank" vs. "MyBɑnk"?

Gmail's spam filters will now work on deceptive characters

The new spam filtering will roll out starting today.

The news comes after Google had announced that it would take Gmail more global by now accepting non-Latin characters in Gmail.

Is this a welcomed change for you as a Gmail user?

Source: Google


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Google to filter duplicitous Unicode Homoglyphs as spam in Gmail


I check that stuff out and have never fallen for these changes, but I could see this being an issue for those who have a hard time seeing and would make this mistake.

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Glad to see it implemented, but I personally never click an embedded link from any company I do business with. Any email info they send me can easily be found on their website.


I suffer from a stigmatism in both eyes. I have a hard time focusing on objects and writing both far away and close. However close objects are easier for me to see, but my contacts do not improve up close reading. It is hard for me to tell the difference between these similar Latin characters, so I am happy Google is making this change.

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