LOS ANGELES - This week many folks found a suspicious e-mail in their inboxes. They were invited to look at a Google Doc with a link that was in fact a phishing exercise to tap into our digital identities.

Luckily, Google got wind of it quickly, and disabled many of the features that were designed to steal information from you.


The incident puts a spotlight on Google Docs and how we collaborate with the free, Internet-based word-processing tool. It could be better. Way better. And much of the onus is on us—we need to do a better job of explaining to our friends what the link is, and why it should be opened.