Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gmail will stop accepting javascript attachments next month

If you've ever tried send an .EXE file as an attachment in Gmail, you'll know Google won't allow you to do so. Starting next month, the same will happen with javascript files with a ,js file extension.

Sending files as attachments may be convenient, but there's a high risk associated with all the files that could be executed with a single click and potentially infect your computer with virus or malware. That's why there's a long list of files you can't attach to emails in Gmail:

  • ADE, .ADP, .BAT, .CHM, .CMD, .COM, .CPL, .EXE, .HTA, .INS, .ISP, .JAR, .JSE, .LIB, .LNK, .MDE, .MSC, .MSP, .MST, .PIF, .SCR, .SCT, .SHB, .SYS, .VB, .VBE, .VBS, .VXD, .WSC, .WSF, .WSH

And, from February 13th onward, you won't be able to attach javascript ,js files either.

Google recommends you share your javascript files using different methods, like sharing it on Google Drive or other cloud services. But, nothing stops you from using the same sort of technique that can be used to send an .exe file as attachment: just rename it so it has a different file extension.

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