The security of confidential information stored on the Internet remains the top priority of high-tech companies. Numerous personal data leak scandals and multibillion-dollar fines from regulators are forcing companies to constantly improve their security systems. Google developers have expanded the capabilities of the Advanced Protection Program application, which provides greater account security.
The main target audience of the application is Google’s clients, which are the main targets of hacking and phishing attacks: leading businessmen, journalists, politicians, cultural figures, government regulatory officials, and other famous personalities.
Even the most cautious people who adhere to the basic rules of safe surfing the Internet can become victims of cybercriminals. Recently, criminals have found ways to circumvent even such a seemingly flawless security system as two-factor authentication.
The new system for enhancing the security of your Google account using a physical electronic key, introduced for Android devices last year, is now available for iPhone owners. The Advanced Protection Program application has made this form of protection more convenient and does not require additional physical devices – the smartphone itself performs the function of a key.
To work with the application, it is required to install operating systems on the smartphone starting from Android 7 or iOS 10 and higher. For iPhone owners, you must first install the Google Smart Lock application, register in it, which will ensure the activation of the security key on the device. After that, the user will be able to start working with the Advanced Protection Program. For users with Android, they have the ability to activate a security key with one click.
In the future, when activating the account, users will not only enter the password, but also confirm the entrance to the smartphone using the security key. In addition, there is a backup key registration function.