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Google to Apps users: take more responsibility for protecting your accounts

Google to Apps users: take more responsibility for protecting your accounts

Changes to the suite's security features should make it easier for employees to become more active in protecting themselves from hackers

A new Google Apps dashboard gives users a log of devices used to access their account, including any currently signed in

A new Google Apps dashboard gives users a log of devices used to access their account, including any currently signed in

To get employees more involved in securing their Apps accounts, Google has tried to simplify how they monitor log-in activity and configure security settings.

It's key for Apps users to get more engaged in this manner, because that way they complement the efforts of their company's IT department and of Google itself.

"Security in the cloud is a shared responsibility," Eran Feigenbaum, security director at the Google for Work team, wrote Monday 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,"

A new dashboard gives users a snapshot of all the devices that have been used to access their account in the past 28 days, including any currently signed in, along with their approximate location, and displays prominently a link for changing their password if they notice any suspicious activity. Users can also revoke a device's access to the account.

In addition, Google has rolled out a wizard designed to guide users through the steps to activate or adjust security settings and features. The wizard takes into account domain settings and preferences established by IT administrators for their employees, so that users are only able to make choices based preset permissions.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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