The security warnings that Google Drive displayed when identified suspicious files they were very successful. Those warnings helped many users stay safe from potentially dangerous files that could often be accompanied by serious security threats, such as malware and spyware, to name two well-known examples.
The Mountain View giant has been able to recognize this success, and has realized the potential that this function could have applied to other tools and applications. For this reason, it has decided to extend it to its office automation platform, made up of the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides applications, that is, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Coming soon, almost all Google Workspace users will start seeing security notices at the top of the screen. Said notices will appear when those applications are used in their web version and possible malicious files are identified. In this sense, one of the notices that we will see more frequently will be the one that says “This file looks suspicious. It could be used to steal your personal information.”
With the explosion that the use of collaborative work tools has experienced, mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of teleworking, cybercriminals targeted files stored in the cloudsince they are key to collaborative teleworking, and this gave rise to new security challenges that the big players in the sector faced with greater or lesser success.
The addition of the potentially malicious file identification system to Google Drive It was a success, there is no doubt about that.And it’s totally understandable that the Mountain View company has now decided to extend that feature to Google Workspace. Not confirmed yet, but this feature may even extend to personal Workspace accounts.