The Advanced Protection Program safeguards users with high visibility and sensitive information, who are at risk of targeted online attacks. New protections are automatically added to defend against today’s wide range of threats.
Prevents unauthorized access to your account
Sophisticated phishing tactics can trick the savviest users into giving their sign-in credentials to attackers. Advanced Protection requires you to use a security key, which is a hardware device or special software on your phone used to verify your identity, to sign in to your Google Account. Unauthorized users won’t be able to sign in without your security key, even if they have your username and password.
Provides extra protection from harmful downloads
Attackers use many strategies to get you to download malicious software, or malware, from the web onto your device. Protection against malware is built into Google Chrome, but Advanced Protection performs even more stringent checks before each download. It flags, or even blocks you from downloading files that may be harmful. On your Android phone, only app installations from verified stores, like the Google Play Store and your device manufacturer’s app store, are allowed.
Keeps your personal information secure
When you sign up for new apps or services, you’re often asked to give access to information in your Google Account, like your contacts, location, calendar, or Drive files. Usually, this doesn’t pose a risk, but some attackers impersonate a legitimate third-party service to gain access to your account. To prevent unauthorized access, Advanced Protection only allows Google apps and verified third-party apps to access your Google Account data, and only with your permission.
Using your phone’s built-in security key
Android: With an Android 7.0+ phone, you can enroll in a few taps by registering your phone’s built-in security key.
iPhone: If you have an iPhone running iOS 10.0+, install the Google Smart Lock app to register your security key first, then enroll.