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Iranian Gmail Users Should Change Passwords Says Google

Mountain View based technology giant Google Inc. is urging its users in Iran to change their passwords and take other necessary security precautions in order to save their backs from any security loopholes that the recent DigiNotar hack might have led to.

Eric Grosse, the vice president for security engineering revealed on the company’s official security blog that Google was directly in touch with all those who were possibly affected during the security breach. He claimed though, that those using the Google Chrome browser could have been spared from the attack. But he still insisted that everyone takes the necessary precautions to mitigate any potential threat.

The company also recommended five distinct steps in order to avoid any possible threats, including change of password, verifying account recovery options, updating alternate email address as well as phone numbers etc.

“We learned last week that the compromise of a Dutch company involved with verifying the authenticity of websites could have put the internet communications of many Iranians at risk, including their Gmail," Mr. Grosse, wrote in the blog post (opens in new tab) on Thursday.

"While Google's internal systems were not compromised, we are directly contacting possibly affected users," he added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.