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Google unveils new measures to keep your account protected

Google unveils new measures to keep your account protected

Other authentication factors, like codes sent via SMS or the Google Authenticator app, will no longer work.

The rollout of a suite of new email security services follows a US presidential election previous year shaped in part by the disclosure of emails belonging to associates of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that were obtained through phishing schemes.

Google took the unusual step of creating a program for this small subset of users due to their higher risk online and because they've been previously overlooked for additionally protections, Dario Salice, Google's Advanced Protection Product Manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. They use public-key cryptography and digital signatures to prove to Google that it's really you.

Advanced Protection was rumoured earlier this month and formally announced by Google today.

Protecting your most sensitive data from accidental sharing: Sometimes people inadvertently grant malicious applications access to their Google data.

These advanced security are great for those who need them, but the move could also be a self-serving one for Google, which will gain the ability to deflect criticism of its more standard security features by suggesting that anyone who suffers breaches perhaps should have opted into Advanced Protection.

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Google did not specify what the recovery process would entail.

Google has launched two new security protections - an upgrade to its Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome. If the users ever lose access to their account and both of your Security Keys, these added verification requirements will take a few days to restore access to their account.

The new Advanced Protection Program was created for folks like campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists needing to protect confidential sources and people in abusive relationships who are seeking safety.

Importantly, though, while Google is billing the system as intended for particularly at-risk people, it's not limited to them.

It has transformed its Security Checkup from the same static list for every user to a personalised guide to possible issues, tailored directly to your own personal Google account.

Eventually, Google hopes to expand the predictive phishing protections to all other passwords saved in Chrome's password manager as well as other browsers that make use of Safe Browsing like Safari, Firefox and Snapchat. Google said it expects the feature to come "soon". Instead, Google points them - and their administrators - in the direction of existing G Suite security key provisions, along with app whitelisting. The Users will need to sign into their account with a password and a physical Security Key.


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