Google Office collaboration tools will now display a warning banner when opening potentially malicious files from the web, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings. Search giant announced. This banner actually appears when dodgy files are accessed From within the Driveas well as from suspicious links inside sporadic Document files, spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics. A broader rollout should help protect users in a wider range of situations.
Confusing, Google January 20 POS AnnouncementHe said the banner actually appeared when you opened the Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings links. However, the company tells us this was a misspelling, and should instead say the banner appears on “links”. from Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files.
The warning banners appear to be an attempt to combat scams that use Google’s office productivity software to create a semblance of credibility around scam links and phishing attempts. in 2020, wired mentioned On a wave of scams that have been using Google’s various sharing and collaboration features to get their malicious files in front of unsuspecting users. Clicking a link in one of these documents sends the user to a site full of dodgy ads, or a typical phishing site asking them to enter bank or other account details.
Google’s announcement says that the new warning banner will be rolled out within the next two weeks to all accounts, both business and personal.