Enable Google’s New “Advanced Protection” If You Don’t Want to Get Hacked
October 26, 2017
However, if you are extra paranoid, Google has just introduced its strongest ever security feature, called “Advanced Protection,” which makes it easier for users, who are usually at high risk of targeted online attacks, to lock down their Google accounts like never before.
- 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.
Google Adds ESET Malware Detection to Chrome
Google has also made a notable change by partnering with anti-virus software firm ESET to expand the scope of malware detection and protection in its browser through the Chrome Cleanup feature.
Chrome Cleanup now has a malware detection engine from ESET, which works in tandem with Chrome’s sandbox technology.
“We can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, meaning more people can benefit from Chrome Cleanup,” Google said in a blog post published Monday.
“Note this new sandboxed engine is not a general-purpose antivirus—it only removes software that doesn’t comply with our unwanted software policy.”You can sign-up for Google’s Advanced Protection here.