Google is Introducing a New Security Measure that Outdoes its Two-Factor Authentication System

By Dave Meikleham on at

Thought Google's two-factor authentication process provided the height of interwebs security? Pah! The current anti-hacker setup is nothing compared to what the Big G has planned for the future.

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According to Bloomberg, Google is developing a new system that deploys security keys physically tied to your device, rather than the current system which procedurally generates random codes every 30 seconds. Called Advanced Protection Program, the service makes use of USB security keys, and will also restrict certain third-party apps from trying to connect to your Google account.

Here's how Bloomberg describes the new security measure, which is slated to launch next month:

"... The Advanced Protection Program places a collection of features onto accounts such as email, including a new block on third-party applications from accessing data. The program would effectively replace the need to use two-factor authentication to protect accounts with a pair of physical security keys. The company plans to market the product to corporate executives, politicians and others with heightened security concerns, these people said."

I was once the victim of online bank fraud – some dude in Milan hacked my credit card details back in 2007 to pay his water bill – so I'm all for the most bullet-proof security measures Google can provide.