Google adds phishing protection to Workspace apps – Cloud – Security

Google’s Workspace productivity apps will get the same phishing and malware protection that Gmail already has later this year, the company said at its annual I/O conference.

Slides, Docs and Sheets will alert users to phishing and malware links, and automatically redirect them to security, Google said.

Google claims that Gmail currently blocks more than 99.9% of spam and phishing messages.

As part of an industry initiative between the W3C, FIDO Alliance, Microsoft and Apple, Google will add two-step verification (2SV) auto-enrollment for user authentication to reduce phishing attacks and account takeovers.

A security status indicator in Google apps will also alert users if they need to take action to secure their accounts.

Google has introduced the Protected Computing Toolkit which offers privacy-enhancing techniques such as edge processing and ephemerality to reduce personally identifiable data, and user data will be further anonymized by blurring, randomization identifiable signals and the addition of statistical noise.

End-to-end encryption and secure hardware enclaves that make user data inaccessible to outsiders, including Google, will also be part of Protected Computing.

New workspace features powered by AI

Workspace customers will also benefit from artificial intelligence-based video and audio quality improvements for Meet to deal with poor network connections, lighting, and webcams.

Meet will also have automated meeting transcripts and summaries, which will be released later this year.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) for the Spaces chat app will be used to extend Docs’ built-in summaries to Spaces, to provide conversation summaries to users.

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