Gmail’s Auto-Complete Glitch Results in Emails Being Sent to Unintended Recipients
Have you ever mistakenly sent an email to the wrong person? Usually it’s our fault for not double-checking before hitting the send button, but right now there is a glitch in Gmail which isn’t helping the cause. A bug is spotted that might, if you’re careless, help you send emails to unintended recipients.
The ‘To’ section of Google’s Gmail is facing an auto-complete glitch because of which, it is prioritising the names of people that are less frequently mailed. The auto-complete feature is designed to suggest addresses regularly used. A number of people have reported on Twitter about being troubled because of the bug.
This Gmail email address autocomplete bug is killing me. Is Google’s new social strategy to have me email people I don’t remember?
— Ryan Singel (@rsingel) February 23, 2015
Google itself confirmed and apologised about the malfunctioned auto-complete feature.
We’re aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete and currently investigating. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Google has been working aggressively to make its services better for its users, and this bug being in notice of the company, we can expect them to fix it soon. Until then, make sure to triple check the recipients bar before sending out that confidential email.