Android and iOS smartphones become hardware keys to protect Google account

Confidential Information Securitystored on the Internet remains the top priority of high-tech companies. Numerous personal data leakage 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 becomesGoogle’s customers are the main targets of hacking and phishing attacks: leading businessmen, journalists, politicians, cultural figures, government regulatory officials, and other famous personalities.

Even the mostcautious people who adhere to the basic rules of safe surfing the Internet. Recently, criminals have found ways to circumvent even such a seemingly flawless security system as two-factor authentication.

New accounting security enhancement systemGoogle’s records 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 requires installation onsmartphone operating systems ranging from Android 7 or iOS 10 and above. 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, users when activating the accountrecords 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.

Source: Google

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