Google I/O: New Security Features in Workspace, Enrolling More Users in MFA

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In addition to a range of new developer tools and new features in Workspace and Google Meet, Google announced at its I/O conference this week several new security features to help keep users and organizations safe.

New security features include account security for apps, new phishing protections, virtual cards, and auto-enrollment for multi-factor authentication.

For Google’s productivity tools in Workspace, the company is bringing the phishing and malware protections that currently protect Gmail to Google Slides, Docs and Sheets, covering more tools in the productivity suite. If a document, sheet or slide contains phishing links or malware, users will be automatically alerted and guided to security, Google says.

The company says it’s also automatically enrolling even more users into its two-step verification offering in an effort to push users to adopt passwordless authentication. This comes after the company enrolled more than 150 million accounts in two-step verification last year, which Google says led to a 50% decrease in account compromise.

Google also said during I/O that it’s also adding account security stats to apps, which is basically a simple yellow alert icon on a user’s profile picture that will flag actions they need to take. take to secure the account.

To help secure online purchases, Google is launching virtual cards on Chrome and Android that will add an extra layer of security by replacing card numbers with a district virtual number. This is designed to eliminate the need to manually enter card details at checkout. The feature can be managed at pay.google.com. This will roll out to most major credit cards this summer.

Google also introduced Protected Computing, a new set of technologies that give users more control over their data by minimizing the data footprint, de-identifying data, and restricting access to sensitive data.

The company is even taking a similar approach in Google Search, making it easier for users to request removal of search results containing their personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers and emails.

Likewise, users will have more control over the ads they see on YouTube, search, and their Discover feed through My Ad Center.

For the full list of other security improvements and other I/O announcements, read this Google blog.

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