We have interesting news for those who always use Gmail and different Google services, both for personal and professional matters. The Mountain View company has just improved a protection system which it plans to defend users from malware attacks.

Some days ago we are talking about the new Advanced Protection Program from Google. This has been presented by the company to keep the accounts of the Google services users protected. Especially, people who are operating independently and are involved in professions susceptible to interest by attackers (for whatever reason). We refer to accounts of politicians, activists, journalists or executives of large companies.

The program consists of different security options that are improving over time and are intended to preserve how a malicious person, a hacker or cybercriminal can access the accounts, steal data and logically misuse them.

Advanced Protection for Chrome Users

To further protect a user account, whoever you are, you will have to sign up for the Google Advanced Protection Program. This is an option that works only in this way and forces users to acquire two security keys and register them in your Google account. It is a sine qua non-condition for the service to work. The first key should be wireless so that it can be connected to the computer and mobile devices. The other will serve as a spare, in case you lose the first.

Now Shuvo Chatterjee, Product Manager of this Advanced Protection Program, has explained that hackers are looking for new methods to attack users. And they are doing it even through campaigns outside of email, intending to automatically launch fraudulent downloads. Thus it is not strange that users end up becoming infected with fraudulent files whose origin they ignore.

It is for this reason that users have seen this program extended in the Chrome browser. For what? Well, to proactively fight against malware that continually threatens to download to computers. In this way, users – provided they have logged in to Chrome – will receive additional warnings to avoid downloading risk files.

It is possible that in some cases, the downloads are blocked if Google considers that they are extremely risky files.

Activate this Protection in Google

Users who want to benefit from this protection system will have to subscribe to the Advanced Protection Program. It will also be necessary to be logged in to Chrome so that the browser sends the browsing history to Google’s servers. From there on, synchronization will occur between web history, passwords and the configuration system on different devices. Here all visitors and uses made by the Google services user, including searches or YouTube, are recorded.

As soon as the connection is formalized, Google will be able to launch protection and launch alerts if attack threats occur. The service offers protection in these three ways:

  • Defense against phishing or phishing
  • Limitation of access to your data (Gmail or Drive)
  • Incorporation of additional steps to verify your identity

You can get more information about this plan through the Google Advanced Protection Program page, where you can find specific instructions to activate it as soon as possible.