Google Reportedly Retooling User Security with Optional USB Security Keys

Google Google security Google two factor authentication Google protection Google Advanced Protection Program hack

Google Google security Google two factor authentication Google protection Google Advanced Protection Program hack

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., plans to implement the Advanced Protection Program next month according to a report from Bloomberg. Through the upcoming program, the existing need of two-factor authentication to protect accounts will be replaced with a pair of physical security keys. "The company plans to market the product to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns", says Bloomberg, as per its anonymous sources. This comes in the wake of John Podesta, Hilary Clinton's 2016 campaign chairman, being hacked (phished) and having his Gmail-provided emails leaked during the last U.S. presidential campaign.

You can actually already use a USB dongle to prove you are who you say you are and gain access to your Google account on a new computer, but apparently the new Advanced Protection goes even further, and has extra features like limiting the amount of data that third-party plug-ins can get hold of.

I was once the victim of online bank fraud - some dude in Milan hacked my credit card details back in 2007 to pay his water bill - so I'm all for the most bullet-proof security measures Google can provide.

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