Protect IMAP users from suspicious email links

To help prevent phishing and other suspicious email activity, Google Workspace automatically provides link protection for Gmail clients, including Gmail for Android, iOS, and web. Link protection checks for malicious links in Gmail messages. For example, spammers can send links in email that trick people into giving up personal or sensitive information, and hackers can include links to harmful software in messages. Link protection helps safeguard users in your organization from these harmful messages.

If users in your organization send and receive email using supported, third-party IMAP email clients, we recommend you turn on link protection for IMAP clients. IMAP client link protection is available for iOS Mail, Mac Mail, Microsoft Outlook, and common Android mail clients.

When link protection is on for IMAP clients, clicking a link in a recent message starts a malicious link check. If no malicious links are detected, the recipient is taken to the destination. For older messages, a window might appear, and you can tap or click to open the link.

Read detailed information about protecting against malicious website links in Gmail.

Turn on link protection for IMAP email clients

Note: Check if IMAP is turned on for your users by following the steps in Turn POP and IMAP on and off for users.

To turn on link protection for third-party IMAP email clients:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGmailand thenSafety.
  3. Scroll to the IMAP view time protections setting and click OFF.
  4. Check the Enable IMAP link protection box.
  5. Save your changes.

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