You may have heard of Google's "Advanced Protection" program. In any case, we will definitely talk about what it is, who should use it and how to activate it. Let's go.
What is Google Advanced Protection?
Google Advanced Protection (GAP) is essentially two-factor authentication (2FA) for steroids. It uses 2FA as part of the process, but requires two security keys instead of just one. Something like Google's Titan Key package is perfect, as GAP recommends a wireless key and a USB key. 1
In addition, GAP restricts third-party access to your Google Account. You can use your Google Account to sign in to some websites. However, this type of access is limited to "Google apps and third-party apps," which protects your information from potentially fraudulent activity. This can also be a problem if you sign in to many third-party services with your Google Account. I can not win everything, I suppose.
Finally, GAP provides additional security measures to protect your account from potential kidnappers. Even though most theft detractors are unlikely, they can try to steal your account by simply pretending they were you. If CAP is enabled for your account, additional steps are taken to prevent this – even if you lose both of your security keys. This means that Google needs additional information from you to gain access to your account. This means "that Google has a few days to confirm it's you." So do not try to lose your keys.
Who is Advanced Protection For?  Now is the big question. With all these added layers of security and, to be honest, great inconvenience, it's clear that GAP is not for everyone. In fact, it probably is not even for you.
Google's intent with Advanced Protection is "to protect the personal Google Accounts of anyone threatened by targeted attacks – such as journalists, activists, business leaders, and political campaign teams." People who are targeted more often and have something to lose in the attack. Or people who have attackers to gain, um, attack.
If you are not one of these people, you probably do not need to enable GAP. For most users this is an overkill – for most users it is sufficient to use only 2FA. And as I said, you do not have to use GAP to add security keys to your Google Account, so this is also a good idea.
If you really want CAP here is a guide do it.
But first a list of the things you need:
- Two security keys. A Bluetooth device and a USB device are preferred – such as the Titan Key Package from Google.
- Your Google Account has 2-step verification enabled.
- Your Google password and Verified 2-step verification device.
- A certainty that this is something you want or need serious, think about it.
That's it. It's time.
Enabling Extended Protection for Your Google Account
First of all, you need two security keys. If you do not have that, get some of it and hold it in your hand before you start. It is necessary.
Use your shuffle and roll buttons to go to the Advanced Protection page of Google. You can read the details here if you want, but at this point you should already know the stuff (because you read it in this post). Click the Getting Started button to get the ball rolling – top right and bottom right.
The following page is only confirmed What you already know: You will need a pair of keys. Scroll down to the bottom and click the "I have 2 security keys" button.
You must first enter your password on the next page Continued.
Now is the time to register your security keys. Interestingly, I already had two security keys in my account before this process started, but none of them showed up here. So I added them again, overwriting my existing keys.
Click the box to register your key and follow the instructions. Give them unique names so you know which one is. I use the Titan Key package here, so I called it Titan BLE and Titan USB – for Bluetooth or USB.
When you have added both, click the Next button. A final screen will appear confirming what will change as soon as this option is activated. If you are satisfied with that, smash the "power on" button!
Oh, there is another box. It only informs you that you are logged out of all devices (including the devices you are setting up this to) and that you need to log in again with your password and security key. What a trouble, right? Maybe, but if you're in danger, it's probably worth it.
When activated, there are balloons. How sweet. 19
Disabling Extended Protection
Want to be protected in an advanced way? No sweat, my friend – switching off is much easier than turning it on. First, go to your Google Account page, and then click "Security."
Fortunately, advanced protection is at the top of the list. See "power off" button? Give this little guy the old Click-a-Roo and then enter your password.
If you have problems with CAP, Google offers some fixes here. If you are just annoyed, you can still turn it off by clicking the button below.
So that you are no longer logged on GAP, but it is worth noting that you still need your security keys to log in. If this was the biggest pain point for you, you can also remove them. Click the 2-Step Verification option to go directly to this page. Well, after you re-enter your password, it can not be too cautious, of course.
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Now you do not have extended protection for your and security keys, but please, for the love of all that's good, leave the 2-step review at least activated. Deal?