Google will now show warning banners when opening potentially malicious documents, spreadsheets and slides on the web


Google is expanding its warning banners for potentially malicious Google Drive files. While it used to show the banners when users tried to open such a file in a Google Drive account, or from a Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings file, Google has now brought the functionality to the file – meaning that if a user tries to open such a potentially malicious or dangerous Google Docs, Sheets or Slides file on the web, they will receive a warning of the dangers ahead.

According to a Google Workspace Updates blog post, this feature is available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers. The rollout was officially launched on April 27 and will gradually be available to all users. The rollout may take up to 15 days to reach everyone, Google said.

Google’s move is a step to prevent scams that use its productivity tools, a method malicious actors have been spotted in the past to attempt to send phishing and other malicious links. The extension removes warning banners from the productivity tools themselves, right on the web.

Earlier this month, in related news, Google announced a feature for Google Workspace that supports all emojis, including gender neutral options. Users can now react to any content on Google Docs, simply using a symbol instead of writing a comment or note on it. According to the company, the feature supports all emojis of the latest version. These also include gender-neutral options.

If you’re wondering how to use the emoji reaction feature, they’ll appear as a third option next to “Add comment” and “Suggest edits” when you highlight text. According to Google, these answers offer a less formal alternative to comments. Emoji reactions are coming to Google Docs at a time when the service is undergoing a big overhaul with its expansion from a word processor to a remote work collaboration tool.


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