Google is introducing a new way to keep your Gmail account as safe as possible. Google’s Advanced Protection System is specially designed for high risk accounts like that of journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams. To enroll in Google’s Advanced Protection System you need to purchase two Security Keys, and after which you can register in the program. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
The two Security Keys are available for purchase on Amazon and include a FIDO U2F Security Key, and a bitcoin wallet. The FIDO U2F Security Key is priced between $14 (approximately Rs 910) to $17 (approximately Rs 1,100). The bitcoin wallets are available at prices ranging from $83 (approximately Rs 5,400) up to $99 (approximately Rs 6,500).
Under the Advanced Protection System, logging in to your Gmail account will be done through the physical Security Key. Other modes like 2-step verification process, codes sent via SMS, or the Google Authenticator app will not be valid. With this, Google aims to give maximum protection against the most common hacking technique, phishing. The second feature under this program limits access to your personal data from third-party apps. Signing up for new services or apps requires data like email details and documents as well. ALSO READ: Google Chrome for Windows updated with anti-virus features
Some third-party apps could potentially get access to your personal data after permission is granted. However, your personal data, like your emails and Drive files, will be kept secured. For added protection, you will be allowed to use only the Chrome browser for services like Gmail and Photos. iOS users can opt for Gmail, Inbox, or Google calendar apps for using this feature since the native apps do not support Security Keys. ALSO READ: How to recall sent mails on Gmail
Lastly, the Advanced Protection System will have added verification requirements to avoid others from trying to sign in to your account. These verification steps will be followed if you happen to lose access to your account and even the two Security Keys. Google says that this process will take a few days for your account to be restored. More security features will be added to this program in the coming days. For those who do not enroll under the Advanced Protection Program, can still enable the 2-step verification process for securing their Google accounts.