"OMG. Look at it!" Certain emails sent by certain hackers are frankly very badly made, while others approach perfection. Phishing hackers are becoming more and more creative. Once you have registered on a fake website, your password and your data pass directly into their hands. Thanks to Google’s advanced security, you can now protect yourself from hacker attacks. We will show you how.
Sometimes there are terms that perfectly describe the processes. This is the case of the terminology used to speak of "password fishing" (Phishing for short). In this process, hackers design emails that look like the ones you usually receive from Google or Facebook so they can access your login details. Some emails are so well done that you don't notice much difference from the original emails.
In order to protect your Google Account from hacker attacks, the company offers "tight protection". If you subscribe to this option, you will need to enter a key in addition to your password.
Different Google Security Keys
With the use of security keys, Google wants to go further. Authentication will now be doubly secure. Instead of a password and an SMS code, your account will be secured with two security keys: The first (master key) is the WLAN key and the second (spare key) is the key that you can buy.
The company gives you the opportunity to obtain your security key in three different ways. The first is to use a "titanium key" which you can buy directly from the Google store. The second is to obtain the key from an authorized Google reseller. In this case, you need to make sure that this key is compatible with Google products. Finally, the third option is to use the built-in security key for smartphones.
The two sides of the coin
If you have decided to use a security key, there are advantages but also some disadvantages. An obvious advantage is that the account and data are protected despite phishing attacks. Even if you have entered your login data on a malicious site once, hackers will never have access to your security key. Your account will therefore remain blocked. This process also remains in place, by the way, when you try to recover your passwords in order to access your account again.
Your account is therefore optimally protected here. Conversely, this means that if you lose your key, you will no longer be able to access your account. In addition, the request for new security keys can take several days.
Many applications require authorization to access certain data from your Google Account. This is where hackers can potentially intervene. Thanks to "enhanced security", Google only allows access to your data for certain applications (Google Apps and certain other applications). Google, for example, prohibits this access from travel route applications which must access your GoogleDrive data. In addition, Google limits the use of Google's services to Firefox and Chrome browsers.
However, Google continues to work to improve and protect your account with constant updates.
To activate the security key on your iPhone
Since this year, all Apple users can integrate their security key into their iPhone. But this is only possible if your iPhone works with iOS 10.0+. You must also use a confirmation key with Bluetooth. Connecting the key via NFC or USB does not work with an iPhone (or iPad). Once you have resolved these issues, you can do the following:
- Download the Google Smart Lock app and open it
- Click on Register. A guide will show you the steps to follow
- To pair the device, just follow the instructions
- Once pairing is complete, you can sign in to your Google Account
If you have problems in step two, first select the account you want to use with the key. A login by password can be requested here.
To activate the security key on your Android phone
Unlike the iPhone, you have been able to use the security key on your Android smartphone since last year. Here's how:
- Go to g.co/advancedprotection
- Activate your key and register for the advanced protection program
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