July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google will now show a warning banner in Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web for suspicious files.
  • These warning labels will show up when you attempt to open malicious documents.
  • It is rolling out to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business users.

Google’s cloud-based productivity suite has been a favorite tool of bad actors to spread malicious files and launch phishing campaigns, but the search giant is beefing up Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web with warning labels that will alert users to malicious content.

The new security feature was previously introduced to Google Drive, and it displays a  yellow warning banner at the top of a document when you attempt to open potentially dangerous documents on the web. Google said in a blog post that it is “extending these warnings at the file-level.”