High risk users to get ex­tra pro­tec­tion

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GOOGLE said it would of­fer stronger on­line se­cu­rity for “high risk” users who may be fre­quent tar­gets of on­line at­tacks.

The US tech­nol­ogy ti­tan said any­one with a per­sonal Google ac­count can en­roll in the new “ad­vanced pro­tec­tion”, while not­ing that it will re­quire users to “trade off a bit of con­ve­nience” for ex­tra se­cu­rity.

“We took this un­usual step be­cause there is an over­looked mi­nor­ity of our users that are at par­tic­u­larly high risk of tar­geted on­line at­tacks,” ac­cord­ing to a Google se­cu­rity blog post.

“For ex­am­ple, these might be cam­paign staffers pre­par­ing for an FIRE EM­BLEM WAR­RIORS (Omega Force/ Team Ninja)

Hack and slash for Switch, New 3DS PRICE: US$59.90 (RM250) for Switch; US$39.9 (RM170) for New 3DS RAT­ING: PROS: Fun game­play de­spite be­ing quite repet­i­tive.

CONS: Repet­i­tive game­play de­spite be­ing quite fun. up­com­ing elec­tion, jour­nal­ists who need to pro­tect the con­fi­den­tial­ity of their sources, or peo­ple in abu­sive re­la­tion­ships seek­ing safety.”

Google will re­quire these users to log into their ac­counts with a phys­i­cal USB key which will be part of two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion, to guard against fraud­u­lent ac­cess.

At­tacker who don’t have your se­cu­rity key are au­to­mat­i­cally blocked, even if they have your pass­word, the state­ment said.

Google will pro­vide ad­di­tional mon­i­tor­ing for these ac­counts and limit ac­cess to sen­si­tive ap­pli­ca­tions, aim­ing to pro­tect against im­per­son­ation and “phish­ing” to gain ac­cess to an ac­count.

“Some­times even the most care­ful and se­cu­rity-minded users are suc­cess­fully at­tacked through phish­ing scams, es­pe­cially if those phish­ing scams were in­di­vid­u­ally tar­geted at the user in ques­tion,” the com­pany said.

Phish­ing is the use of de­cep­tion to gain con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion such as user­names, pass­words, bank ac­count de­tails and credit card numbers.

In one of the most highly pub­li­cised phish­ing at­tacks, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man John Podesta gave up his pass­word to a hacker, re­sult­ing in a se­ries of em­bar­rass­ing leaks dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race. – AFP

If you want ex­tra se­cu­rity for your Google ac­count, you will have to trade off a lit­tle bit of con­ve­nience. — 123rf.com

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