Google Starts to Offer Protections against Targeted Online Attacks

Few days earlier, researchers revealed that a large number of Wi-Fi networks can be accessible by hackers and since then, users’ privacy on the internet has become one of the major point of discussions. While there are some common ways to keep yourself safe over online, majority of internet users are at risk of targeted online attacks. Few weeks earlier, it was reported that Google is working on providing alternative to two-factor authentication which can be problematic in case a user doesn’t have access to his/her cellphone. And now, the company has officially made the feature called Advanced Protection available to users to prevent them from accidental sharing, phishing, and fraudulent access to their accounts.

Unlike Two Factor authentication, the latest feature will work on Security Keys. The Advanced Protection feature will use small wireless devices or USB devices which are required to sign into accounts. As a result, if someone doesn’t have the device but has access to a user’s password, s/he cannot access the account.

On the other hand, if you sign up for the latest program, then you will be required to go through extra step to recover your account and services in case you don’t have the device you will use to confirm your identity. These additional steps will require you to give reasons of losing access to the device. Moreover, you can limit the full access to stop accidental sharing. As of now, all users with a Google Account can sign up for the Advanced Protection feature.

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