Among the privacy and security-related updates announced today at Google’s I/O conference, the company says it’s bringing phishing protection to its suite of productivity apps, including Docs , Sheets and Slides. It will also alert users to other possible security issues with their accounts right on their account profile and offer a new tool that makes it easier. request deletion of your personal information from Google search.
The company has already developed technology to protect users from phishing scams elsewhere in its products and services, including in Gmail (in English) and Chrome, for example. These protections have detected and blocked billions of threats to date, Google says, which has helped further strengthen Google’s AI-powered protections. That’s why it’s now able to extend that protection to other apps often used in the workplace.
Soon, if users are working in a document where Google spots a suspicious link, Google will alert you to the problem and bring you back to safety, much like it does on the web. The addition will help increase user safety amid a growing landscape of phishing scams, which are now responsible for more than 90% of recent cyberattacks, the company notes. (The company announced this feature ahead of I/O in April.)
Along with this release, Google Apps users will also be notified of other security issues directly on their profiles.
“We were the first consumer technology company to offer two-step verification over 10 years ago. And last year we were the first to enable it by default… We never want people to worry about the security of their accounts, that’s why we at I/O are also issuing a new alert on the profile picture in all Google apps, letting users know if there’s a security issue that needs their attention,” said Guemmy Kim, Director of Account Security at Google.
The company at I/O announced that it has enrolled an additional 150 million accounts for two-step verification in the past year alone.
If there is a problem, a yellow alert appears on the screen at the top of the account’s profile picture. Upon clicking, users will be taken to a page with a set of recommended actions they should take in order to stay safe online. This doesn’t necessarily offer any new features in terms of protections available to users, but highlights potential risks in a more obvious way that users may be less inclined to ignore.
Google also introduced Protected Computing, a toolkit of technologies designed to minimize users’ data footprint, de-identify data, and restrict data access. The feature powers Smart Reply in Messages by Google and Live Translation on Pixel.
Another novelty is also an iteration linked to an existing protection.
In April, Google announced it would allow users to request removal of their personal contact information from Google Search, including a phone number, email address or physical address. The change follows the EU’s 2018 adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation, which included a section giving individuals the right to have information about them removed from search engines, also known as the “right to be forgotten”.
Previously, this process involved filling out and signing a form.
But now Google says it will roll out a new tool to streamline the application process.
When it launches, if you come across Google search results containing your phone number, home address, or email address, you can quickly request removal from Google Search where you found them.
Instead of then filling out a form, you can use Google’s user interface to click on the type of result you want to delete and submit it directly to Google. You’ll pretty much be able to track your applications in one place to see which ones you’ve submitted, which are pending, and which have been approved.
Google says this feature will be available in the coming months in the Google app and will be accessible in individual Google search results across the web.