Being paranoid about your account’s security is sometimes good. There are many ways your account’s security might be compromised be it your social media, mail, or business accounts.
If you are worrying about your google account then be assure about Google already providing various advanced features such as login alerts and two-factor authentication to keep your’s one safe and running perfectly.
However, if you are extra paranoid then google has introduced it’s strongest ever security feature called “Advanced Protection”, which makes your account more secure and easier.
“We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks,” the company said in a blog post announcing the program.
Even if a hacker somehow managed to get your highly secured password using other ways, still they will not be able to get in.
To enable Google’s Advanced Protection feature, you will need two physical security keys that work with FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F)—which offers a hardware-based two-factor authentication that does not require secret codes via SMS or emails.
To log into your Google account from a computer or laptop will require a special USB stick while accessing from a smartphone or tablet will similarly require a Bluetooth-enabled dongle, paired with your phone.”They [security devices] use public-key cryptography and digital signatures to prove to Google that it’s really you,” the post reads. “An attacker who does not have your Security Key is automatically blocked, even if they have your password.”
Google’s Advanced Protection offer three features to keep your account safe:
- Physical Security Key: Signing into your account requires a U2F security key, preventing other people (even with access to your password) from logging into your account.
- Limit data access and sharing: Enabling this feature allows only Google apps to get access to your account for now, though other trusted apps will be added over time.
- Blocking fraudulent account access: If you lose your U2F security key, the account recovery process will involve additional steps, “including additional reviews and requests for more details about why you’ve lost access to your account” to prevent fraudulent account access.
Advanced Protection feature is not designed for everyone, but only for people, like journalists, government officials and activists, who are at a higher risk of being targeted by government or sophisticated hackers and ready to sacrifice some convenience for substantially increased e-mail protection.
Currently, if you want to enrol in the Advanced Protection Program, you will need Google Chrome, since only Chrome supports the U2F standard for Security Keys. However, the technology expects other browsers to incorporate this feature soon.
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