Gmail will start displaying a familiar-looking blue checkmark next to a sender’s name to verify their identity., Google says the feature is supposed to help users figure out whether the email they’ve received is from a legitimate source or a scammer.
As shown in the image provided by Google, hovering over the checkmark says that “the sender of this email has verified” that they own the domain and profile image that they’re using to send the email. Google notes that email authentication can help both users and security systems “identify and stop spam” while also allowing senders to “leverage their brand trust.”
Google’s addition of a more visible checkmark might help users quickly identify legitimate senders, especially if they don’t know what a BIMI-approved logo included in an email even means or if it’s legit. It tracks with Google’s recent change to, indicating that a website is using the safer HTTPS protocol but, hopefully, not causing visitors to assume it must be a legitimate site.
Gmail is rolling out verified checkmarks starting today across both Workspace accounts and personal Google accounts, so you might start seeing blue checkmarks invading your emails very soon.