What You Need to Know About Phishing Schemes and Google Docs

June 2022

Phishing schemes have been a major security concern for many years. However, instances of these attacks have recently seen a substantial increase amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One type of phishing attack, in particular, has been aimed at those using Google Docs and Google Drive.

If you rely on Google Docs or Google Drive to conduct any of your business, you must be aware of this growing threat – and take measures to protect your data.

Google Docs Phishing Scams Are On-the-Rise

With many teams working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, more people have been using platforms like Google Docs and Google Drive to share files and collaborate online. While it’s true that Google has several safeguards in place on these web apps to protect data, some phishing schemes are able to bypass them by relying on human error.

Specifically, when these attacks are carried out, a person may receive a link to what appears to be a legitimate Google Docs URL in their email. Upon clicking on the link, the website will also look like a standard Google Docs page. The user is then prompted to enter their username and password to log in and retrieve the file. This is when those credentials are stolen, posing a significant security risk to businesses and individuals alike.

Unfortunately, these phishing scams have already affected many Google Docs and Google Drive users – and Google is having a hard time keeping their security up-to-date to reduce instances of attacks.

How to Keep Your Information Safe

Want to avoid falling victim to a Google Docs phishing scheme? Fortunately, there are some ways to keep your information safe.

First and foremost, always scrutinize any links you receive in your email. Even if a link looks legitimate, it’s a good idea to reach out to a person directly to find out whether they sent you something before you click on it. Yes, this may seem like extra work, but it could save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

You might also want to download Google’s free “Password Alert” tool, which warns you if your Google credentials are typed into any page that is not actually Google’s. This is a great way to avoid potential phishing schemes and keep your data safe.

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