Google Improves Two-Step Authentication Protocol in Wake of Political Hack Information Technology
Google Improves Two-Step Authentication Protocol: Google has increased the two step authentication protocol. Google is planning to bring a better security tool to the two-step authentication security feature. Alphabet Inc’s Google will be offering a security program called the Advanced Protection Program. This program is meant to block third-party access to email accounts and files stored in Google Drive.
This scaled-up system will effectively double that hardware requirement, it’s said. Dubbed the Advanced Protection Program, it would use both a USB security key and a second hardware key. Without the presence of both, an account would be locked down. It’s not the only change versus a regular Google account, mind. All third-party programs would be blocked from Google Drive access.
The most high-profile cyberattack in recent memory targeted John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, in 2016. Hackers stole and exposed over 60,000 of Podesta’s emails, which was compromised by a phishing attack. As per Bloomberg, a Google spokesperson has refused to comment on the new security program. Google’s two-step authentication or verification security tool includes a password and the user’s phone number.
Although not infallible, such security does make it harder for third-parties to hack into a system. That’s something which has become increasingly prevalent, with the Democratic National Committee finding its servers attacked last year. It’s unclear whether Google will ever roll out the Advanced Protection Program to its “regular” users.
In July, Google removed about 20 Android apps from the Play Store after finding out that they contained a multi-stage spyware product for monitoring and extracting a user’s sensitive data like email, text messages, location information, media files etc.
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