Google’s Advanced Protection program adds an extra layer of security
Google has come up with a new set of security features that would make hacking into a Google account, Drive or Gmail more difficult. At the heart of is the new Advanced Protection Program. It is optional and meant for users who are very particular about their security and want to protect their data at all costs. Anyone who uses a Google product and has Google account can sign up for it for free.
Google has also revamped the Security check up feature too. It provides clear security status along with personalised recommendations. Green icon suggests everything is alright, while yellow or red icon means something is amiss.
The first line of protection is against phishing attacks. Malicious emails and fake sign-in pages are commonly used to fool users and steal their username and password. Advanced Protection Program has found a way to protect users. It will make logging into any Google account impossible without a small USB device called Security key. It works only if the user plugs in the USB dongle into the PC and then types in the code. On smartphones, user will need a Bluetooth Security key. So even if hackers have your Google account and password, they will not be able to access them without the Security Key. The Yubico FIDO U2F Security Key, recommended by Google, costs Rs 3,700 on Amazon.in.
The second line of protection is from third party apps trying to access data on Google apps such as Gmail or Drive. A lot of app developers ask for permissions to access data on these apps in the name of providing better services. Advanced Protection Program automatically restricts all third party apps from accessing anything on Gmail or Drive.
A common trick used by hackers to break into Google account is to impersonate original users and then pretend that they have been locked out of the account. Advanced Protection Program will make the verification process more rigorous by adding more questions and request for more details.
Click here to sign-up for Advanced Protection Program.