Google's office collaboration products Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings will now display a warning banner, according to the search giant. This banner appears when suspect files are visited from within Drive, as well as questionable links within distinct Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files. Users should be protected in a wider range of situations as a result of the expanded implementation.
The warning banners appear to be an attempt to prevent frauds that utilize Google's office productivity applications to give fraudulent links and phishing attempts a veneer of legitimacy. Wired reported in 2020 on a wave of frauds that took advantage of Google's different sharing and collaboration tools to bring harmful files in front of unsuspecting consumers. When a user clicks a link in one of these papers, they are taken to a site with questionable advertisements or a conventional phishing site asking for a bank or other account information.
The banner is already displayed when opening Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings links, according to Google's January 20th news article. The business claims that this was a mistake and that the banner should appear on links from Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files instead.
According to Google's release, the new warning banner will be rolled out to all accounts, both commercial and personal, over the following few weeks.