Security Key for Google Advanced Protection
On October 17, Google announced the launch of its “Advanced Protection Program”, making it the first major tech company to directly offer users a way to secure their accounts. The program safeguards the personal Google Accounts of those most at risk of targeted attacks—like journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams, or anyone who wants to maximize the security of their Google accounts. This is a step above the typical two-factor authentication solution in terms of the level of security it offers.
The strongest defense against phishing
Phishing is one of the most common techniques hackers use to gain access to your account or personal information. For example, phishing emails or fake sign-in pages could trick you into revealing critical information, like your password.
To provide the strongest defense against phishing, Advanced Protection goes beyond traditional 2-Step Verification. You will need to sign into your account with a password and a physical Security Key. Other authentication factors, like codes sent via SMS or the Google Authenticator app, will no longer work.
Protecting you from targeted online attacks
1.Get the strongest phishing protection with a physical Security Key;
2.Safeguard your emails and files by limiting access from non-Google services;
3.Block fraudulent account access with extra steps to verify it’s you.
Limit data access to trusted apps
When you sign up for new apps or services, you are sometimes asked for access to your data, like your emails or documents. By giving permission, you might introduce vulnerabilities that could be used to access your personal data. For example, an app you trust could be exploited or impersonated.
To protect you from this threat, Advanced Protection will automatically limit third-party apps from accessing your most sensitive data – your emails and your Drive files. This tightened security means:
Accessing Gmail & Drive
Third-party apps that want access to Gmail or Drive will no longer have permission. For secure access, you will need to use the Gmail app or Inbox by Gmail.
Google services on the web
You will only be able to use the Chrome browser to access signed-in services like Gmail or Photos.
Apple Mail Contacts and Calendar apps do not currently support.
Block fraudulent account access
A common way that hackers try to gain access to your account is by impersonating you and pretending they have been locked out of your account.
To provide you with the strongest safeguards against this type of fraudulent account access, Advanced Protection adds extra steps to verify your identity. If you ever lose access to your account and both of your Security Keys, these added verification requirements will take a few days to restore access to your account.
Get started with the Advanced Protection Program now
The following link will guide you through how to purchase your 2 Security Keys, register them, and enroll in the program.
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The Advanced Protection Program will proactively add new security features to stay a step ahead of hackers in the future.
Not ready for Advanced Protection? You can still take steps to make your account safer by turning on 2-Step Verification.