Google Apps boosted by new security features

News by Doug Drinkwater

Google has launched a new online tool which it hopes will help Google for Work users “stay a step ahead of any bad guys”.

In a blog post published late on Monday, Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google at Work, announced the release of two new features which should help spot unusual activity on their account.

Google for Work users can now access a Device and Activity dashboard to spot suspicious log-ins as well as a security wizard to navigate the security settings menu.

"As an IT manager, we realise you spend a lot of time managing devices, applications, and security settings for everyone at your organisation," Feigenbaum said in a blog post. "By making users more aware of their security settings and the activity on their devices, we can work together to stay a step ahead of any bad guys."

The Device and Activity dashboard shows which devices are signed in and those that have been active over the last 28 days. Clicking on one of these devices – which can include laptops, smartphones and tablets - gives a breakdown of when it was last used to sign into Google, including details such as location, time and the browser that was used.

The security wizard, meanwhile, guides users through steps they can take to turn on or adjust security features, like providing contact info for account recovery.

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