Google Refreshes G Suite Accounts Login Page, Measures Keeping Off Fake Listings from Maps My Business

Google Accounts login page will have a new look and feel, consistent across computers, phones, and tablets. New measures keeping fake listings off Google Maps.

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A new Google Accounts login page, aimed at giving users an improved experience to sign in to their accounts across devices, would start slowly rolling out on April 10, to all G Suite customers.

The Google Accounts login page will have a new look and feel, consistent across computers, phones, and tablets and will rollout to a small set of users initially, and would ramp up slowly over the course of several weeks.

In addition, this new login page will also remove "Stay signed in" checkbox, that at certain times appear to G Suite customers who don't use a third-party SSO provider. The users however, will remain signed in unless they specifically sign out.

These changes will occur on these platforms:

  • Google and 3rd-party applications on iOS
  • Mobile browsers on iOS and Android
  • Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox and other modern browsers)
G Suite sign-in removes stay signed-n

Those on shared or public devices are recommend to use private browsing windows.

Additional changes for customers using a third-party SSO provider when accessing third-party applications:

  • If you're using a third-party SSO provider to access Google applications, such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc., your G Suite users will not see any differences apart from the newly designed Google Accounts login page described above.
  • If you're using a third-party SSO provider to access third-party applications, your G Suite users will see an additional account selection page when they log in. This page will make it clear to them which account they're authenticating, as well as the permissions they're granting to applications.
  • Your G Suite users will be shown the account selection page either before or after being redirected to the third-party application, depending on whether they're signed in to their browser and the specific third-party application they're accessing.
G Suite account selection page for SSO

For additional questions, check out the FAQ here.

Google Drive metrics are now accessible in the Admin SDK Reports API, which help gain reliable, easily-validated perspectives about users within a domain.

Today, Google has rolled out more features that give administrators and developers even greater visibility into how files are shared both inside and outside of domain.

  • Report on product adoption within your domain with summary statistics about groups of users (collaborators, viewers, creators and sharers). Take advantage of key adoption metrics such as 1-, 7-, and 30-day active users for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings and more.
  • Simplify your calculation of "what has changed" in your domain using delta metrics which pre-calculate changes in visibility and items owned.
  • New visibility information for audit events
  • Deprecation of existing metrics from the Reports API

In other news, Google today explains the measures it has taken to keep deceptive businesses out from the My Business, that enables business owners to create listings and share information about their business on Google Maps and Search.

Keeping fake listings off Google Maps

Unfortunately, some actors attempt to abuse this service by registering fake listings in order to defraud legitimate business owners, or to charge exorbitant service fees for services.

Here are the specific measures that Google has added to drop down on numbers of spam on Google Maps:

  • prohibiting bulk registrations at most addresses.
  • requiring advanced verification for select business categories, such as locksmiths and plumbers.
  • preventing businesses from relocating impossibly far from their original address without additional verification.
  • detecting and ignoring intentionally mangled text in address fields designed to confuse our algorithms.
  • adapting its own anti-spam machine learning systems to detect data discrepancies common to fake or deceptive listings.

Google notes that full report of their study, "Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps" will be presented on Friday at the 2017 International World Wide Web Conference.

The full report can be read online or look for the PDF download link here.