Google Launches Advanced Gmail Security Features For High-Risk Users


Google on Tuesday announced that it would roll out an advanced protection program for its mail service – Gmail, in order to provide a better and perhaps a stronger security for some of its mail users it term “high-risk” users. These users would include some government officials, political activists and journalists who the company termed as being at a higher risk of being targeted by online attackers.

It is believed that this move is in furtherance to the 2016 U.S. presidential election believed to be marred by phishing schemes, from which emails belonging to associates of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were disclosed. It would also be recalled that some U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that those hacks, which included a breach of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s personal Gmail account, were carried out by Russia as part of a broader cyber campaign to help Donald Trump, a Republican, win the White House. The new additional security feature is believed to a broader measure by Google to curb future occurrences. The company said that “Advanced Protection provides Google’s strongest security, designed for those who are at an elevated risk of attack and are willing to trade off a bit of convenience for more protection of their personal Google Accounts”

On roll out, Google said that the program would focus on three core defenses

First, Advanced Protection requires the use of security key to sign into your account. Security Keys are small USB or wireless devices and have long been considered the most secure version of 2-Step Verification, and the best protection against phishing.

Secondly, Advanced Protection prevents this by automatically limiting full access to your Gmail and Drive to specific apps.

Thirdly, For Advanced Protection users, extra steps will be put in place to prevent impersonation during the the account recovery process—including additional reviews and requests for more details about why you’ve lost access to your account.

This sure seem to be a good step in the right direction. However, the concern of compatibility issues, sure to arise among users with an already integrated custom security tools with their Gmail account will be the next concern for Google.

Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of the company’s profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California.

Gmail is an easy to use email service from Google that saves you time and keeps your messages safe. Gmail service is available for both PC (web) and mobile user app. Some features of app includes:
• An organized inbox – Social and promotional messages are sorted into categories so you can read messages from friends and family first.
• Less spam – Gmail blocks spam before it hits your inbox to keep your account safe and clutter free.
• 15GB of free storage – You won’t need to delete messages to save space.
• Multiple account support right from the app.

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