Google launches Advanced Protection Program for Cyber Threat Probables

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Google announced an Advanced Protection Program yesterday for probables vulnerable to cyber threats. Thus, those who opt for the program will require a physical USB security key to connect to a desktop computer before each log-in. And for users using mobile devices to access emails, a Bluetooth wireless device will be required to access.

The Alphabet owned subsidiary rolled out the service on Oct 17, 2017(Tuesday) and said that the program is aimed at those who intend to have stronger email security. The service is mainly aimed at government officials, political activists, and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by sophisticated cyber attacks. And the aim is to block hackers who try to gain access by pretending they have been locked out.

The Advanced Protection feature will include an option to require a physical USB key to connect to a Google web service such as Youtube, Gmail, Google drive or such. Currently, all those using Apple iOS Client and Windows Outlook will be walled off from access if they choose to opt for the security program. Means, all third-party applications will be barred from access to users opting for an advanced security program of the internet juggernaut.

As of now, Google did not specify what the recovery process will be for those who lose their physical access keys.

Google has created a webpage, g.co/advancedprotection, to users who are willing to opt for the advanced security protection program. The web page will include details such as how the USB and Bluetooth keys will be available on Amazon, price, service availability and other such details.

Note- The physical security keys are available for a price of $24 on Amazon.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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