Not sure whether that chat message is genuine? Google is on your side. According to a Google blog post, Google Chat will begin displaying a warning flag alongside messages that may include phishing links or malware downloads.

Phishing schemes might prevent you from using your device or result in identity theft. Malware assaults, including ransomware attacks, are growing increasingly common, successful, and costly.

According to Google, the warning banners “help safeguard consumers from fraudulent actors while keeping data safe.”

“This invite is suspect,” states the banner at the bottom of the message in red. You may either block the person who gave you the message or accept it.

This tool is available to users who have personal or corporate Google accounts, and Google says it is enabled by default. These warning banners will appear in the coming days on the mobile and web versions of Google Chat.

Google Drive and Gmail currently display similar warning banners in the event of suspected behavior.

According to cybersecurity experts, the increase in people working from home creates additional targets for hostile internet actors. You may have limited access to software that checks files and notifies you ahead of time at home. The warning banners in Google Chat may assist you to avoid being a victim of one of these assaults.

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