Google has announced that some of the services of its cloud-based productivity suite will be getting an important feature that is already available in Google Drive. Files shared on Google Docs, Sheets and Slides will now provide users with warning labels. The tech giant updated its blog post to announce the new feature for the services. These warning labels will alert the users about malicious content.
In 2021, the company introduced this security feature for Google Drive. Google mentioned the Drive security banner in its blog post and said, “extending these warnings at the file level”.
Just like Drive, the upcoming feature will also display a yellow warning label at the top of a document if a user tries to access potentially harmful documents on their system. The warning banner on Google’s collaboration tools will also read: “This file looks suspicious. It might be used to steal your personal information.”
These warning labels are expected to help users to avoid suspicious files that look like legitimate documents. However, these warning banners were displayed on the productivity tools earlier as well. Previously, these banners appeared only when users tried to access links from within Google Workspace.
Google has confirmed that this feature will be enabled by default and there won’t be any admin control or end-user setting for this feature. The company also mentioned that the new warning labels will start appearing within a few weeks. The feature will available for all Google Workspace users including users having legacy G Suite Basic and Business plans users.
The online productivity tools are being widely used as more people are still opting for a remote work setup. Google had to increase the security for the other productivity tools as the Workspace has lately been a common platform for actors to spread harmful files and initiate phishing campaigns.
Last year, a provider of cloud email and collaboration suite security found a “massive wave of hackers leveraging the comment feature in Google Docs” to spread malware and phishing attacks.