Google Rolls Out New Anti-Phishing Security Features


Google has been increasingly trying to make the internet a safer place for all its users, be it on Android or G Suite and across other services offered by the company. Towards that end, Google has rolled out additional security features which would protect users against unverified apps.

With the growing threat against user data and privacy, Google had introduced a verification process for web apps to go through in order to be eligible to access user data and provide their services via OAuth verification.

And now Google is adding to the existing verification security process by issuing a prominent warning to users if they’re going to grant permission to an app which hasn’t been verified by Google.

Google is doing this to “inform users about newly created web apps and Apps Scripts that are pending verification”.

“Beginning today, we’re rolling out an ‘unverified app’ screen for newly created web applications and Apps Scripts that require verification. This new screen replaces the ‘error’ page,” Google stated.

Google’s new method will ensure that users are well-informed about their decision to give an unverified app access to their data which could very well lead to data theft and phishing attack.

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“The ‘unverified app’ screen precedes the permissions consent screen for the app and lets potential users know that the app has yet to be verified. This will help reduce the risk of user data being phished by bad actors,” they added.

This move comes soon after Google Drive was hit by a phishing worm in May, which infected thousands of users as its disguise of Google Docs seemed legitimate.

Malicious plugins have been wreaking havoc on Google as well as other online platforms and that has made verifying third-party plugins even more important for the search engine giant who holds a trove of user data across their services.

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