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Google Drive's new blocking tool is here to help put an 'end' to spam

Google Drive's new blocking tool is here to help put an 'end' to spam

It's been more than two years since Google acknowledged Drive spam is a real issue with the service, and we've been patiently waiting for any action to be taken. In May, the company confirmed a solution was on the way, allowing users to block email addresses from sharing content with you in the future. After a couple of months, that fix is finally being made available to Drive users.

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Chrome 92 launches with privacy and performance upgrades

Chrome 92 launches with privacy and performance upgrades

Chrome 92 is launching today. Apart from the smaller interface experiments and the developer-focused novelties we previously covered, there are some improvements on the privacy front, regarding both features and performance enhancements.

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Google Drive is fixing the most annoying part about sharing docs

Google Drive is fixing the most annoying part about sharing docs

Google Drive has always had some problems with spammers — no wonder, since there's no way to stop strangers with your email address from sharing files and folders with you in Drive. Google acknowledged the problem and promised that it would work on a solution all the way back in 2019, but has been radio-silent since then — though we assume there was some work in the background, as we've seen much fewer reports in recent times. But now the company is adding a user-facing solution to help against spam, phishing, and otherwise unwanted files: a blocking option.

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Google protected us from 2.7 billion nefarious ads last year

Google protected us from 2.7 billion nefarious ads last year

Given how much many of us depend on Google's services, its in the company's interests to ensure its platforms don't serve us bad ads that could be out to fool us. With such a sprawling portfolio of products, that's no mean feat, and in 2019 that meant a total of 2.7 billion ads blocked and removed by various teams at Google. If the scale of that is hard to fathom, it works out as 5,000 ads per minute.

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Google is rolling out stolen password protection in Chrome 79

Google is rolling out stolen password protection in Chrome 79

Google first introduced a Password Checkup Chrome extension this February to help you check if your login information had been breached, which it integrated with the password manager inside your Google Account in October. After testing this feature natively in the beta of its browser, the company is now rolling it out with the new stable version of Chrome 79. While it's at it, Google is also enhancing some phishing protection mechanisms.

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Phishing attacks taking advantage of automatic Google Calendar events

Phishing attacks taking advantage of automatic Google Calendar events

We've all received a spam email telling us we've won millions of dollars or need to reset our online banking password. Although these are widespread, most messaging platforms and even browsers have learned to recognize them for our protection. Because of this, attackers are finding more sophisticated means to be more attractive: Besides using Google Docs to trick users, scammers have turned to Google Calendar and are relying on its automatic event creation setting to take advantage of people.

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New 'inception bar' phishing method spoofs Chrome's address bar when you scroll

New 'inception bar' phishing method spoofs Chrome's address bar when you scroll

A new type of potential phishing attack has been discovered by developer James Fisher. Called the "inception bar" by its creator. The attack allows for a site to spoof a URL in the mobile version of Chrome when scrolling, subsequently locking them into a false UI. In fact, the site detailing this newly-discovered flaw makes use of it, appearing to show an HSBC URL.

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Google to block sign-in attempts from embedded Chrome pages

Google to block sign-in attempts from embedded Chrome pages

Most of us have way more usernames and passwords than we can remember. Thankfully, our browsers can store these for us, but using single sign-on is even more convenient, as it avoids creating credentials for each and every site we visit. The most popular one around is Google's solution, which lets you use your Gmail username and password to connect to any website that supports it. However, as the solution is widely used, some malicious sites embed login pages which can capture the user's credentials and even their 2FA token. To protect users from such attacks, Google is now blocking sign-in attempts from embedded pages.

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Fake Google Wallet is being granted access to Google Accounts

Fake Google Wallet is being granted access to Google Accounts

Back in January, Google simplified its payment offering by merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay. The new appellation made it simpler for users to manage their payments, thanks to a unified platform allowing them to pay with their phone, but also online using their browser. Despite this move, the defunct service seems to be coming back to life, in a rather intriguing manner. Indeed, several users have reported receiving notifications mentioning Google Wallet was granted access to their Google account.

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Google bans 29 beauty camera apps from the Play Store that steal your photos

Google bans 29 beauty camera apps from the Play Store that steal your photos

Security firm Trend Micro has discovered 29 malicious beauty camera apps that aim to phish user traffic and steal your photos. The apps have already been removed by Google from the Play Store, but only after accumulating millions of downloads.

Once installed, some of the apps would load up full-screen advertisements for fraudulent or pornographic content each time the device is unlocked, and some of the apps would forward users to phishing websites to steal their personal information.

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