Google's new pop-up warning could save you from devastating hacks – do NOT ignore it

GOOGLE is trying to spare millions of people from disastrous hacks with a new warning pop-up across more of its apps.

The tech giant is expanding an alert banner that's already seen in Google Drive for any suspicious files.

Now, users can expect to see the same thing for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as well.

And you'll start seeing it from today.

It means Google will scan documents and files for viruses and malware before you consider downloading it.

The pop-up usually says something along the lines of: "This file looks suspicious.

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"It might be used to steal your personal information."

The move is unsurprising given that collaboration tools like Google's have exploded in recent years, what with many working from home due to the pandemic.

As of April 2020, Google has reported six million businesses paying for Google Workplace – formerly G Suite.

On top of this, it has 120million Google Workspace for Education users.

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That's not forgetting the 1.5billion monthly active Gmail users Google has, who also have access to the Workplace apps for free.

So you can see why increasing security is so important.

Especially given that hackers are always looking for new ways to scam people.

The firm recently revealed that it had dealt with a record number of hacks last year.

Bug hunters found 58 in total for 2021, which includes the powerful cyber weapon used to snoop on Boris Johnson's computer network.

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