The Google’s advanced security program is designed in a manner to provide strongest security for those who need it the most, designed for high-profile people who are frequent hacking targets.
The search giant is now offering an extra layer of security through the all-new Advanced Protection Program for journalist, business leader, a political campaign team member and for someone who values and needs maximum security when using Google’s services. While it’s obvious that this program is a response to the hacks that defined the 2016 US election.
The advanced security program replaces the usual two-factor authentication and takes extra preventative measures to safeguard personal emails and files and block fraudulent account access.
Here are some features of advanced security:
- It protects you from targeted online attacks
- The strongest phishing protection with a physical Security Key.
- It Safeguard your emails and files by limiting access from non-Google services.
- It Blocks fraudulent account access with extra steps to verify it’s you
Once you sign up to the Advanced Protection Program, you won’t be able to access your Google account with just your email address and password.
You’ll also need to use a Security Key, a small, physical USB device you’ll need to carry around with you. Even if a criminal manages to steal your login details, for instance, they won’t be able to break into your account without the Security Key.
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 defence 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.
Currently Apple Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps do not support Security Keys and will not be able to access your Google data. Instead, you can use the Gmail, Inbox, or Google calendar apps on iOS.