Are you unsure if that chat message is genuine? Google is on your side. According to a Google blog post, communications that may include phishing links or malware downloads will now be accompanied by a warning banner.
Phishing schemes might lock you out of your device or steal your personal information. Malware assaults, such as ransomware attacks, are growing increasingly common, successful, and expensive.
The warning banners “help safeguard users from criminal actors, keeping data safe,” according to Google.
“This invite is suspect,” states a banner at the bottom of the message in red. You have the option of blocking the sender or accepting the communication.
People with personal and corporate Google accounts may use this capability, which Google says is turned on by default. In the coming days, these warning banners will appear on the mobile and online versions of Google Chat.
Similar warning flags for suspected behavior are already visible in Google Drive and Gmail.
According to cybersecurity experts, the increase in people working from home makes them more vulnerable to unscrupulous internet actors. You may have limited access to software that examines files and alerts you in advance at home. The warning banners in Google Chat may be able to assist you avoid being a victim of one of these assaults.
See how to safeguard your email, how to protect your home office privacy with a VPN, and five cybersecurity advice small companies should know for additional information.