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May042018

Google Extends Advanced Protection Program to Native iOS Apps

The Advanced Protection Program that was launched in October 2017 by Alphabet’s was limited to be use by Google apps, today, it expands to support Apple’s native applications, including mail, Calendar, and Contacts on all iOS devices.

The Advanced Protection Program is desgined to provide stonger security at account level to anyone who feel especially vulnerable to higher risk of sophisticated phishing attacksusers, such as activists, business, political es and government officials and others.

[I]t basically places an automatic limits on which apps can gain access to your Google data, so you can be protected from accidentally sharing your most sensitive data with fraudulent apps or web services.

In addition to this update, other layers of security protections from Advanced Protection’s safeguards require the use of a physical security key as part of the process of logging back into your account after signing out, or when you sign-in on a new device.

Additionally, it also offer protection through extra security steps to block fraudulent access to a user’s account as part of the account recovery process. This prevent impersonators trying to access your account. And, of course, traditional 2-Step Verification is also there.

This GIF animation shows blocking fraudulent account access:

Google Advanced Protection Program Blocking Fraudulent Access to user account

Before todays’ update, only Google applications were able to access users data if they were enrolled in the program. But now, you can allow native iOS apps access to Google apps such as Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts data.

You can get start with the program without having to change how you use Google services on Apple devices by simply enrolling into the Advanced Protection Program. Once enrolled, you will need to sign into native iOS app using your Google account and you will be guided with instructions to complete the sign-in process.

Google said, they’ll expand the list of trust to include more iOS applications that can access Google data in the future. Also, it will roll out the program to a broader set of users worldwide.

Get started with the Advanced Protection Program at google.com/advancedprotection.

In other Google news today, a new policy announced today will prevent Chrome on desktop from auto-playing videos.

As of now, when a users of Chrome visits a site and play media with sound, the browser learns users’ habits and enable autoplay on sites on their next visit to the sites where they played media with sound, and disables auto play on sites where it didn’t play a video.

Chrome does this by learning user’s preferences, and as you teach Chrome, users would need to click “play” every now and then, But now the new policy blocks about half of unwanted autoplays even when you first arrive at a website.

The policy is enabled in the latest version of Chrome released today.

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