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Google Adds a New Security Feature to G Suite to Improve Data Access Controls

Following the phishing scam that tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links and compromised their accounts by giving untrustworthy third-party apps access to their information, the US-based search giant took care of the situation when the scam was spread initially, it has now introduced more controls to the G Suite admins that will allow them to prevent users from installing third-party apps that might be malicious.

With the latest G Suite update, the Mountain View internet firm, Google Corp. has added a new security feature, called OAuth Apps Whitelisting, which improves data access control and enhances phishing prevention. The new feature essentially allows the admins to specifically decide which third-party apps are allowed to access users’ G Suite data.

Reena Nadkarni; Group Product Manager at G Suite, said in a blog post, “once an app is part of a whitelist, users can choose to grant authorized access to their G Suite apps data. This prevents malicious apps from tricking them into accidentally granting access to their corporate data.”

She added saying, “with this new update, admins will get fine-grained visibility into the third-party apps that are accessing G Suite data.

Google confirms that the update will be rolled out gradually to all its platform and should show up for admins over the next few days.

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