Are you the CEO of a Fortune 500 company? A politician sitting on a classified National Security committee? A descendant of Colonel Harlan Sanders, closely guarding the secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken?
If you answered “yes” to any of these and you have a Google account, then prepare yourself for Google Advanced Protection – high-security protection for high-sensitivity users:
On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of a new “advanced protection” setting for Google accounts, which makes it harder than ever for hackers to break into your sensitive data on Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube or any other Google property. The opt-in, ultra-secure mode is intended for truly high-risk users, including those who face the threat of state-sponsored, highly resourced cyberespionage…
As such, it’s a strict and unforgiving system, designed to reinforce every possible weak link that hackers could use to hijack your account. Logging in from a desktop will require a special USB key, while accessing your data from a mobile device will similarly require a Bluetooth dongle. All non-Google services and apps will be exiled from reaching into your Gmail or Google Drive. Google’s malware scanners will use a more intensive process to quarantine and analyze incoming documents. And if you forget your password, or lose your hardware login keys, you’ll have to jump through more hoops than ever to regain access, the better to foil any intruders who would abuse that process to circumvent all of Google’s other safeguards.
Inconvenient? Absolutely. But for those whom security outweighs convenience, it sounds worth considering.
If you’re interested, get started here.