December 11, 2023

Phishing scams are going to be a lot harder to pull off in Google’s family of apps now, Google will now show a warning banner in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

In an ever-evolving online landscape, phishing scams have become an all-too-common occurrence for everyday users. In fact, phishing attacks have risen substantially in the last year, and show no sign of subsiding given their effectiveness at infiltrating secure networks and systems.

Google is trying to do something about it by expanding its warning system to its family of apps to guarantee no one falls for one of these far-from-harmless scams.


Google announced that it would be launching a new feature that would show warning banners on Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides pages that are suspected to be malicious or dangerous to the user. The feature used to only appear in Google Drive, but the company is now expanding it to actual files for added security.

Previously, we announced warning banners for potentially malicious or dangerous files in Google Drive. We’re extending these warnings at the file-level going forward, if you open a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides file on the web, you’ll see these warnings.

Google Warning Banner

The warning banner isn’t intrusive, but the yellow does certainly draw attention to a problem. The feature is not optional, and it shouldn’t be, as it will greatly improve your system security. It should rollout within the next two weeks for all Google Workspace users.

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