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Google redesigns critical security alerts for at-risk Google Accounts

By Liu Hongzuo - on 8 Oct 2020, 11:07am

Google redesigns critical security alerts for at-risk Google Accounts

Google Accounts are a goldmine for hackers, given that these accounts are necessary for many of Google's services - stuff like Gmail, Google Drive, and even storing of YouTube preferences require said account.

As such, Google took it upon itself to change the way it informs users when their Google Account is possibly compromised. Announced in conjunction with the U.S. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google will now automatically display security alerts within the Google app that's in use, and the notification appears within the Google Account sub-menu.

Users will no longer need to open emails from Google informing them of a possible breach since the alert is an account-wide notification. The GIF uploaded on the Google blog demonstrates it best:

Source: Google.

Google said that this redesigned alert is 'resistant to spoofing', making it very hard for bad actors to impersonate Google or the new alert. According to The Verge, the feature will be rolling out on a limited basis, starting with iOS devices first.

Other new features revealed in the same blog post include Guest Mode for Google Assistant, which is sort of similar to Incognito Mode for the Google Chrome browser. Simply put, Guest Mode for Google Assistant will not save the assistant's interactions to the signed-in Google Account. Another privacy feature includes the ability to use voice commands and delete what was said to the Google Assistant.

Sources: Google (blog)The Verge

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