Sources familiar with the company’s plan have confirmed that the Alphabet Inc will be launching a new service called the Advanced Protection Program.
Amid escalating threat of cyber-attacks and politically motivated hacks, technology giant Google will be upgrading its security tools for online accounts to provide a safer access to its users. As reported by Bloomberg, two sources familiar with the company’s plan have confirmed that the Alphabet Inc company will be launching a new service called the Advanced Protection Program, next month.
Reportedly, the new service places a collection of features onto personal accounts and will also include a new block to protect the data from third-party applications. Through the upcoming program, the existing need of two-factor authentication to protect accounts will be replaced with a pair of physical security keys.
However, sources have further stated that the new security product would not be available for all, and will be marketed to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns.
Google’s initiative to tighten its security measures came following the hack of the Gmail messages of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, days before the 2016 US Presidential elections. Even the databases of the Democratic National were hacked, raising major cyber-security concerns.
Earlier in 2014, Google released software for a USB Security Key to improve security measures like the two-factor authentication. While the new service will continue using a physical USB key, it also mandates a second physical key for greater protection. Furthermore, the service will also restrict third-party programs from getting an access to any user’s emails or data.