Safe internet accounts are a must with a large part of our lives playing out online. A new warning system has been introduced by tech giant Google to keep users updated faster. The redesigned vital warning will be sent directly to the Google app you are currently using, according to a company blog post, thus informing you of the security breach or potential hack. The message will also advise you on some measures that you should take to handle the issue. This means that the security alert messages would not go straight to the Gmail inbox as it does now.

Credits: Google Blog

The blog adds that the messages are spoofing-resistant, meaning that all such cross-app warning messages come from Google itself and not from any third party. This feature is going to see a “limited roll out in the coming weeks” and the firm is planning to “expand more broadly early next year”.

The new warning will be provided by a blinking red “i” symbol around the circular icon of your Google account, as seen in the representation shared by the business. The blink will prove successful in attracting the user’s attention. Google will ask users to control their account when clicking on the icon, and clicking on the tab will display them the crucial security warning, where you can check whether or not the recorded usage was legitimate.

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Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Google’s Vice President of Product of Privacy, mentions that the security update is in line with the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. According to reports Google’s “Secure Browsing protects over four billion computers, along with Gmail blocking more than 100 million phishing attempts every day, and Google Play Protect scans over 100 billion apps for malware and other problems every day.”

A new Guest Mode in Google Assistant was also revealed on the blog. No user data is saved when in this mode, which is scheduled to be rolled out in the coming weeks. The firm notes that a simple voice command will turn the mode on or off.


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