Gmail users globally saw errors and warnings over the weekend as Google technicians forgot to update a key part of its messaging software.
Expired security certificate error messages started to appear on the 4th April, affecting people trying to send emails or messages from some of Google’s apps. Google became aware of the issue when user reports began flooding in.
Apparently, users could still access and use their email accounts, however, many saw ‘unexpected behaviour’ because of the issue. A spokesperson stated that a majority of users were affected by the software issue.
Google posted a follow up status message stating: “The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”
As the Gmail service disruption happened during the weekend, the problem did not affect many business users. This outage comes shortly after Google play applications were thought to be infecting devices.