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Google’s new security features will protect you from unverified apps

You’ll now see a new “unverified app” screen when trying to access web apps and Apps Scripts that haven't gone through Google's app verification system yet.

Published onJuly 19, 2017

IT Security

Over the course of the last few months, Google has introduced quite a few safety measures including anti-phishing tools, among others, and revealed plans for improved security in Android O. Now, the company is taking things a step further with additional security features that block unverified apps and App Scripts.

Starting today, you’ll see a new “unverified app” screen when trying to access newly created web apps and Apps Scripts that haven’t gone through Google’s app verification system yet. When this happens, you have the option of proceeding at your own risk by typing “continue” in the text box that pops up, a process that should mitigate the blind clicking of ‘OK’ on any popup. You can see what this looks like in action below.

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The new screen replaces the current “error” page that developers and users of unverified web apps receive today. For now, it will only pop up for new apps, but Google did say that it plans on expanding it to existing apps in the coming months as well.

Google notes that the new safety features are a good thing for both users and developers. The company claims that they will automatically inform users when they may be at risk, while at the same time making it easier for developers to test their apps, as they don’t have to go through the verification process first.

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