Google beefs up security on Chrome

This starts with the way Google protects your Google account, and it continues all the way up to the Google Home router that you use at home.

Google revealed the "Advanced Protection Program", which aims to defend high-value targets or anyone who wants to maximize the security of their Google accounts. This drastic account lockdown feature is designed for people at risk of sophisticated targeted attacks, and while it will make you safer, it will also make your life more hard. They work by generating cryptographic security codes that are verified by Google's servers. These are small wireless devices or USBs that are needed to sign into accounts.

Google notes that the Advanced Protection Program isn't for everyone, with the company recognizing that users will be trading "a bit of convenience for more protection of their personal Google Accounts". They are said to be the most secure version of two-step verification as they need digital signatures and public key cryptography to confirm identity.

To address this need, we're introducing the Advanced Protection Program. The feature also automatically limits full access to Gmail and Google Drive for specific apps.

Finally there are changes to the account recovery process.

Given the scrutiny Google and other major tech companies are facing over election interference, it makes sense to roll out a feature like this now (although Google says it's in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month).

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that those hacks, which included a breach of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's personal Gmail account, were carried out by Russian Federation as part of a broader cyber campaign to help Donald Trump, a Republican, win the White House.

Starting today, anyone can enroll in the Advanced Protection Program, given they already have two U2F security key (either from Yubico or Feitian, as recommended by Google) and are able to use the Chrome browser.

Also, in the event you (or someone impersonating you) tells Google you've been locked out of your account, Google will take additional steps to review the request and ask for more details about why you lost access to your account. Google hopes that other browsers will include such support in due course. Google said it expects the feature to come "soon".

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