G Suite: Google Meet Safety Locks and other news

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With the aim of increasing the level of safety offered to those who leverage the tools of G Suite to communicate remotely or work in smart working mode today Google announces several news aimed at services and platforms such as Meet, Gmail and Chat.

G Suite security news: Meet Safety Locks and more

Let's start from what it concerns Meet. These are the so-called Safety Locks, useful controls to manage who can be part of the meetings and who must be excluded: the organizer can decide through which methods to enter (from the calendar, from a shared link, etc.), establish whether to exclude anonymous users (those not authenticated with a Google account) and limit the interactivity of participants, for example by preventing them from sending messages via chat or sharing the screen.

Following an expulsion the user will not be able to rejoin a meeting until the organizer determines this and after receiving more refusals to join the meeting it will not be possible to send further requests. The rollout is expected within the next few weeks, as already anticipated at first for those who have a G Suite for Education account in order to respond to a need expressed by those who rely on the platform for distance teaching.

In gmail support for a new baptized standard debuts BIMI (Brand Indicators for Message Identification) through which companies and organizations can claim the authorship of a logo, authenticating their messages through DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance). This will prevent phishing or packaged emails from ending up in users' inboxes to deceive recipients.

Then comes in Chat the same protection system based on Safe Browsing already seen at work in Gmail to check that a shared link is not malicious. Users will also be able to report a room if it is suspected that illegal activity is taking place within the next few weeks.

- administrators they will be faced with a new page for the device management (in the screenshot below), redesigned to be easier to consult and interact with. Again, the integration with Apple Business Manager is debuting.

Finally, improvements to functionality are coming Data Loss Prevention to prevent unauthorized access to or loss of information following a breach.

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