Google Is Fighting To End "Warning Fatigue" With Security Upgrades

Cybersecurity is one of those terms that is often spoken about in the media. It's also something that deeply concerns a lot of web-natives. However, just because they're concerned with it doesn't mean that they actually properly take care of their online data.

Parisa Tabriz is the Director of Engineering at Google and believes that the security of people using their services should be an issue of the tech giants. What this means is that she think that large companies like Google should make cybersecurity second nature to people using the internet.

Google has actually already started this, according to CNET. For the past four years, there have been slow upgrades to the security features of Google products — and they work well.

The reason behind Google's method is very interesting and makes a ton of sense when you think about it. If someone was to constantly see security updates, warnings, and dangers, they could become more susceptible to attacks because of the reality that they've seen it so often they just don't care anymore. It's known as "warning fatigue" and is pretty annoying. If someone gets to the point of being tired of seeing security messages, it can become dangerous, so, it's probably a good thing that Google slowly put us on to the idea of this security.


Parisa Tabriz Via The Irish Times

Google isn't done yet since security flaws are always being found, they constantly need to update and add security, this means that Google will likely be continuing this and will in the future likely be making it super easy to understand and use those security features for your advantage.

This can be good because many users are not secure when it comes to the online world. One thing is for sure, they're better off now than they were before. Google Chrome, for example, started showing a "not secure" notification on websites that don't offer HTTPS protection.

It can also be bad because not all users might want to put into this idea of second nature security by Tabriz. If Google does it but Facebook does not, it could lead to people on Facebook being targeted rather than Google services. This is why the success of an operation like this requires a lot of cooperation on all levels, specifically the level of the company to company relations.

Overall, it can be good and bad but the idea of second nature security truly lies on the backs of companies and the people who would benefit from them.


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