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Improved Google Dashboard Privacy Controls, Enhanced Chrome Security Features, More Released

New security protections, tailored to users need and a cleaner, safer web with Chrome Cleanup, Google Monday, has launched new online security measures as part of the October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

To address digitial security issues, a new Advanced Protection Program introduced today, is designed to protect users’ personal Google accounts. Once enrolled into the program, Google will always use stongest defenses to meet emerging threats.

At start, this program focuses on three core defenses, including:

Defense against phishing,

Becasue, this program supports the U2F standard for Security Keys (small USB or wireless devices) — which are tout to be strongest version of 2–Step Verification for signing in to accounts, so anyone without it, is automatically blocked, even if they’ve the account password. “Security Keys use public-key cryptography and digital signatures to prove to Google that it’s really you.”

Data protection from accidental sharing

Because, Advanced Protection automatically limiting full access to Gmail and Drive to specific apps, your data is prevented. For now, it only applies to Google apps, but, will expand to other third-party apps in the future.

Blocking fraudulent account access

Extra steps will be put in place to prevent impersonation during the account recovery process —including, additional reviews and requests for more details about “why you’ve lost access to your account.”

Anyone with Chrome can sign up for Advanced Protection today as it’s only available for consumer Google Accounts.

To provide comparable protections on G Suite Accounts, G Suite admins can look into Security Key Enforcement and OAuth apps whitelisting.

Also, two new protections including an upgrade to Security Checkup and new phishing protections in Chrome, are launched.

The newly revamped Security Checkup now offer security status and personalized advice to improve security of users accounts.

When visited, new icons represnting your security status are shown, such as —a green check mark, a yellow or red exclamation icon. Take the new Security Checkup at g.co/securitycheckup.

Predictive phishing protection in Chrome

Predictive phishing protection in Chrome

Safe Browsing is now evolved to test new predictive phishing protections in Chrome —now as you type a Google account password into a suspected phishing site, Google will ensure your account isn’t compromised. The protections will apply even on other browser afterwards, and the predictive phishing protection will later expand to all other passwords saved in Chrome’s password manager, and enable other apps and browsers that use Safe Browsing technology, like Safari, Firefox and Snapchat, to use it as well.

Hijacked settings detection on Chrome

In addition, follwing changes are also rolled out to Windows users to recover from unwanted software infections, such as:

Prvention from hijacked settings without users consent, whe detected Chrome will now offers to restore modified settings. Also, you can reset profile settings at any time by visiting chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings.

Chrome Cleanup

Chrome Cleanup now alerts and help remove unwanted software and return Chrome to its default settings.

The changes are rolling out to Chrome for Windows over the next few days.

Finally, to keep kids safe online, Google also rolled out today, “Site Blocking” for Google Wifi, that allows you to block access to more than 8 million non-kid-friendly websites on any device—all with a few taps in the Google Wifi app.

Site Blocking uses latest SafeSearch technology from Google, as it constantly crawls the web for new sites. The list of explicit sites blocked by Wifi’s family controls will automatically be updated in real time.

Google Wifi's Site Blocking

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