Google will now warn you about suspicious files on the web

Google further strengthens its defenses by focusing on better information for its users. Google is integrating its security warning banners into more Google Workspace apps to help them make better decisions about whether or not to open a file on the web.

The new warning banners for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides may appear for files on the web that Google detects as suspicious. The extension of warning banners to Workspace apps follows the introduction of these same banners for Google Drive files in January. Alert banners are deployed to all Google Drive users worldwide, with the aim of protecting users and the organizations they work for from malware, phishing, and ransomware.

In Google Drive, a yellow banner may now appear at the top of the page after a user clicks on a link, but before the file is downloaded. The warning says the file looks suspicious and “could be used to steal your personal information.”

A feature being rolled out

Curiously, Google announced in October at its Google Cloud Next 2021 conference that the warning banner feature for Docs was already available and would soon be rolling out for Sheets and Slides. Then, when announcing the banners in January, Google said the banners were already available in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings.

“Previously, we announced warning banners for potentially malicious or dangerous files in Google Drive. We are extending these warnings to the file level – in the future, if you open a Google Docs, Sheets or Slides file on the web , you’ll see these warnings,” Google said this week in a blog post about workspace updates.

For professional customers, warning banners have been rolled out gradually since Wednesday. The feature will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as former G Suite Basic and Business customers. Google recently reported strong revenue growth for Google Workspace, both in terms of number of seats and average revenue per seat.


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