Google Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will roll out an “advanced protection program” to provide stronger email security for users who believe they are at high risk of targeted online attacks.
The advanced security features will be targeted at users such as government officials, political activists and journalists who are at particularly high risk of hacker attacks, Reuters reports.
Google users will have the ability to opt in to security settings aimed at protecting Gmail, Google Drive and YouTube data from phishing attacks.
The advanced protection features include an option to require a physical USB security key to connect to a desktop computer before each log-in as a way to verify a user’s identity.
Mobile log-ins will require a Bluetooth wireless device.
Advanced protection users will have their data walled off from access by any non-Google third-party applications, such as the Apple iOS mail client or Microsoft Outlook, the report said.
The program also includes a more laborious and detailed account recovery process to prevent fraudulent access by hackers who try to gain access by pretending they have been locked out.
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