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Google makes the web safer with Safety Status, expanded 2-Step Verification and more

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  • Google has expanded its Project Shield service to protect the websites of more than 200 Ukrainian government entities, news outlets, and more.
  • Gmail’s phishing protection has been extended to Goole Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Google has extended account protection with passwordless login with 2-step verification and automatic registration.

Security is a major concern for anyone online and at Google I/O 2022 Google revealed how it is making using the web safer for everyone. To do this, the company makes its products more secure by default and even extends protection for those who need it in Ukraine.

For starters, Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) worked to tackle current and emerging cyber threats. The group conducted cyber activity to help inform Ukraine, neighboring European countries and others of active war-related threat campaigns. Google has also expanded its Project Shield program to protect the websites of more than 200 Ukrainian government entities, news outlets, and more.

These protections also extend to people outside the war zone, with a majority of Americans concerned about the security and privacy of their data online. One of the ways Google is tackling this problem is by adding an account security status to apps by placing a yellow alert on the Google Account profile picture. This will prompt users to set up recommended security, such as two-step verifications, and help them feel safe using their devices.

Google is also accelerating auto-enrollment for 2-Step Verification and last year the company enrolled over 150 million accounts in 2-Step Verification. This helps the company work towards a more secure passwordless future that helps protect people against phishing attempts.

Speaking of phishing protection, Google is extending its phishing and malware protection from Gmail to Google Workspace, including Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This can protect you even if someone adds an insecure link to your shared Google Doc.

Finally, Google is making online shopping safer with virtual cards coming to Chrome and Android. This will allow users of the best Chromebooks and the best Android phones to shop online without entering their credit card information on an untrusted site. With autofill, using a virtual card is quick and easy. Beyond that, cards can be managed at pay.google.com. Virtual cards will be available for Visa, American Express and Capital One this summer and for Mastercard later this year.