What is Google Advanced Protection Program and how it works?

Downloads can be risky, but if the browser guarantees protection against risky downloads, there is no need to worry. Google Advanced Protection Program promises to protect people from malware aimed at Chrome. It was noted that cybercriminals were shifting their strategies to threaten Advanced Protection users outside of email with linked malware and ‘drive-by downloads‘. The users were unknowingly downloading harmful software onto their devices. As such, it was felt necessary to expand the service to the browser Chrome and not just limit it to Gmail accounts.

Google Advanced Protection Program

Google Advanced Protection Program

It is the strongest level of digital protection for the personal Google Accounts of individuals at risk of targeted attacks like:

  • Journalists
  • Activists
  • Politicians
  • Entrepreneurs or business leaders

The capability offers an evolving list of security offerings to protect its users holistically. Advanced Protection goes a step further than traditional 2-Step Verification process. It requires a user to use a physical Security Key in addition to your password to sign in to their Google Account.

How Advanced Protection works

Any interested individual can enroll in the program by buying two security keys. These Security keys help protect users against hackers by preventing them from accessing their account. For adding the key to your account,

Add Key to your account

Launch the Chrome browser and go to your Google Account.

On the left navigation panel, select Security.

Google Advanced Protection Program

In the “Signing into Google” panel, select 2-Step Verification.

If you haven’t set up 2-Step Verification already, select Get started. Otherwise, move on.

Google Advanced Protection Program

Select ‘Choose another option’ and then select ‘Security Key’.

Follow the steps to add your security key.

Security key dongles are small devices you can use to sign in on your computer, phone, or tablet. You can buy-

  • Titan Security Keys from the Google Store
  • Order a compatible security key from a retailer you trust
  • Use a compatible phone’s built-in security key to sign in on your computer

Sign in using your key

Once the key is added to your account, use it to sign in whenever possible. If a security key fails to work on your computer or browser, you’ll get an option to sign in with a code or prompt instead. Also, do note any time you sign in from a new computer or device, you’ll be prompted to use your security key, again.

Ask Google to remember your computer

After you’ve signed in with your key, you can sign in with just your password. Let’s see how to configure this.

  1. First, sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Check the box for ‘Don’t ask again on this computer’.
  3. Finish signing in with your security key.

If anyone attempts to sign in to your account from another computer, Google will prompt him/her for your security key. For more information, you can visit Google.com.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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