Google releases Devices and Activity App for enhanced security and frees Zix Encryption

Google on a back to back App launching spree

Google releases Devices and Activity App for enhanced security and frees Zix Encryption

Google engineers seem to be working overtime this holiday season and as a result the search behemoth is on a app launching spree. Just a day after releasing Santa, the Mac OS X  enterprise level maware spotter, Google has now gone ahead and released a dashboard and security wizard for enhancing the security of  its Google for Work platform. Google today announced the laucnh of a Devices and Activity dashboard to its users and also freed the otherwise paid Zix encrytion for all users and game developers. According to Google, these new features are intended to make it easy for IT administrators to  manage devices, applications and security settings.

Devices and Activity

This dashboard will show a list of every device and location that was used to access the account in the past 4 weeks giving the user the exact idea of who is accessing what Google account through which device and from where. It will also display details for each device that accessed the account, making it easier to identify each unique device and pinpoint the rogue device, if any. This will make it a lot easier for Google app developers and API users to notice any suspicious activity on the account.

Google releases Devices and Activity App for enhanced security and frees Zix Encryption


Eran Feigenbaum, director of security at Google for Work said admins could quickly change passwords and lock own accounts if any rogue device was spotted accessing their Google account. “To make your job a bit easier, today we’re announcing new security tools to help Google Apps users take more control of their security online,” Feigenbaum said.

User has to set up the Devices and Activity panel in dashboard

Eran said that users may have to setup the new service in their account. According to him,  a security wizard for Google for Work accounts helps users set up and configure security settings in just a few minutes. Customers can utilize the wizard to provide account recovery information, and review permissions and activity on the account. “This tool prioritizes all administrator settings for security features that end users are permitted to turn on,” Eran added.

Google releases Devices and Activity App for enhanced security and frees Zix Encryption

Security key

Security Key is a security mechanism released by Google in the month of October. Those who want to use Security Key must acquire a FIDO U2F compliant USB device, and enable the feature on their accounts. Once the system is enabled, customers must connect the USB device to their computer and tap it when prompted in the Web browser in order to log in to their account

Zix Encryption

Zix is an end-to-end encryption standard and Google appears to be giving this free of cost to the users of it Gmail service. A Redditor, makebaconpancakes seems to have noticed it 15 days ago. Reddit users have confirmed the quiet freebie but Google did not reply for a request to comment earlier this month. In fact, a redditor commented that he had paid $16000.00 for Zix just a week ago.  Google previously charged US$35 per user for Zix under its end-to-end crypto Google Apps Message Encryption (GAME) project.

The Google presser on Zix is given below :

ZixCorp, Google’s message encryption partner, has designed a tool for the Google Admin console called Google Apps Message Encryption (GAME). This web application enables administrators to add authorized message encryption users in your domain and to set up custom bounce messages that are sent to unauthorized users.

When Google Apps users need an email message to be encrypted, that message is routed to the GAME Zone, which then checks the sender’s email address against the white list of users created by the administrator for their domain.

If the user is authorized to send encrypted emails, the message will be encrypted and sent using ZixCorp’s Best Method of Delivery (BMOD). BMOD provides transparent encryption among all ZixCorp customers as well as two different keyless delivery methods for other recipients. The keyless delivery method for GAME customers is Portal Delivery. If the user is not authorized to send encrypted email, an administrator-configured bounce message will be sent back to the sender.


Delwyn Pinto
Delwyn Pinto
A person proud to have an alternate view


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