A pretty huge milestone has been hit by Gmail for Android after surpassing the 10 billion download milestone on the Google Play Store.

Gmail, the electronic mailing service by Google is available on both desktop and mobile platforms.

Gmail is the go-to email app for the majority of users around the world. It is however surprising that it took so long, considering the app comes pre-installed on nearly all Android phones.

Hitting the 10 billion download marker means that Gmail is part of an exclusive group of Play Store apps to reach such an install figure.

Gmail launched as just a platform for sending and receiving emails. It has now evolved to include chat and video meetings with Google Meet.

That said, Gmail’s popularity is not without consequences. Scammers are increasingly using Gmail for baiting attacks, to steal user data. These attacks sometimes come with payloads or embedded links in emails, while some attackers might include questions that might have a higher chance of receiving a response.

A report by Baracudda found that 35% of the 10,500 organizations they surveyed received bait attack emails in just one month of September this year.

Barracuda’s research depicts that 91% of these emails are sent from newly-created Gmail accounts, primarily because most people consider Gmail to be more legitimate and secure. Email security solutions also treat Google’s email service as highly reputed. The platform allows users to create pseudonymous accounts without much of a hassle.

Moreover, attackers use Gmail to launch their baits because the platform supports the “read recipient” function, telling them that their email was opened, if not responded to.

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