Google in an official statement said that display warning notifications will be introduced in the Google Chat application to protect users from hackers and phishing attacks.
Now, users will be seeing banners warning against potential phishing and malware messages coming from personal Google Accounts. "These warning banners, which are already available in Gmail and Google Drive, help protect users against malicious actors, keeping data safe". Similarly, warning banners are displayed in Gmail when emails are received from outside of an organisation.
The statement further said Android warning banners are also displayed when a user adds new external recipients. "Admins can turn these specific warning labels on or off for their organisation". The new feature will roll out over the next few weeks.
During its latest 2022 I/O developer conference, Google announced several security measures to boost user safety. Recommendations to fix potential security threats are also part of the new features.
The new app Google Chat recently replaced Hangouts. Users with personal Google accounts, Google Workspace customers, and legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers can avail the new feature.
The tech giant has also introduced privacy measures to allow users more control over how their data is used by Google products. The second Beta of its Android 13 operating system also has been released for privacy and security purposes.
Google has been facing criticism in recent years for the amount of data it collects from users and how that data is being used to generate revenue.