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Google Chat adds warning banners to protect against phishing attacks

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Google Chat has replaced Hangouts and will now display banners alerting you to potential phishing and malware attacks from personal accounts. Google announced Thursday. This tailoring for Google Chat is the latest expansion of Google’s attempts to prevent phishing.

During its 2022 I / O program conference, Google discussed several security measures it has implemented to improve user safety, including warnings of potential security issues and recommendations for fixing them. Google has also outlined other plans for security measures, such as expanded two-step verification, ad adaptation, and more data security.

Warning tags for suspicious links in Google Chat.
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Google’s new warning banners first appeared in Gmail on Workspace accounts to show attempts to lure someone through a link that could be used for malware, phishing or ransomware. In late April, Google expanded the banners to Google Docs, warning users against seemingly malicious files in several Google Workspace programs (Documents, Sheets, Diagrams, and Drawing) no matter where they opened the link.

This new feature will be launched over the next two weeks, and will be available for both personal Google Accounts and all Google Workspace customers.


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