Google's strongest security for those who need it most
The Advanced Protection Program safeguards the personal Google Accounts of anyone at risk of targeted attacks – like journalists, activists, business leaders, and political campaign teams.
Learn how Advanced Protection helps to keep your data safe
The strongest defense against phishing with a Security Key
Even the most security-conscious users can be tricked by a sophisticated phishing attack. To protect you from this threat, Advanced Protection goes further than traditional 2-Step Verification, requiring you to use a physical Security Key in addition to your password to sign in to your Google Account.
What is phishing?
Phishing is a common technique that can be used to trick you into giving away your username, password, 2-Step Verification code, or other personal information. Phishing attacks can happen through a variety of channels, including email, telephone, text message, or in apps.
How does Advanced Protection defend against phishing?
Advanced Protection requires you to use a physical Security Key, in addition to your password, to sign in to your Google Account. These Security Keys are the most secure form of 2-Step Verification. Even if you do fall for a phishing attack that discloses your username and password, an unauthorized user won't be able to access your account without one of your physical Security Keys.
To enroll, you'll need to purchase two Security Keys — one wireless-enabled key to act as your main key, and one backup key. After you enroll, other authentication factors you might be used to, like codes sent via SMS or the Google Authenticator app, will no longer work.
Safeguard your data by limiting access to it
When you sign up for new apps or services, you are sometimes asked to give access to data in your Google Account. Usually this doesn’t pose a risk, but sophisticated attackers could compromise or impersonate an app or service to gain access to your personal data. To help protect you, Advanced Protection allows only Google apps and select third-party apps to access your emails and Drive files.
As a trade-off for this tightened security, the functionality of some of your apps may be affected. Most third-party apps that require access to your Gmail or Drive data, such as travel tracking apps, will no longer have permission. And you will only be able to use Chrome and Firefox to access your signed-in Google services like Gmail or Photos.
Apple’s Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps and Mozilla’s Thunderbird will continue to be able to access your Google data as normal.
Block fraudulent account access with extra verification
A common way that hackers try to access your account is by impersonating you and pretending they have been locked out of your account. To give you the strongest protection against this type of fraudulent account access, Advanced Protection adds extra steps to verify your identity during the account recovery process.
If you ever lose access to your account and both of your Security Keys, these added verification requirements will take a few days to restore access to your account.
Get started with Advanced Protection now
To enroll, you'll need to purchase two Security Keys and register them to your Google Account.Get Started
The Advanced Protection Program will keep adding new features to help you stay a step ahead of evolving security threats.
Why do I need two Security Keys?
Two Security Keys are required to enroll so that you’ll have a backup key in case you lose your main key. A wireless-enabled key that can connect to both your computer and mobile devices should act as your main key.
Do I need to keep a Security Key with me at all times?
We recommend you always keep a Security Key close in case you log out of your account or need to sign in on a new device. In all likelihood, this will happen infrequently. Remember to take one with you when traveling.
What happens if I lose both of my Security Keys?
If you still have access to a logged-in session, you can visit account.google.com and register replacement keys in place of the lost keys. If you have lost both keys and do not have access to a logged-in session, you will need to submit a request to recover your account. It will take a few days for Google to verify it’s you and grant you access to your account.
I’m interested in Advanced Protection for my work account - Can I enroll a G Suite Account in Advanced Protection?
Yes. You can enrol your G Suite account into Advanced Protection with admin approval. Click on the 'Get Started' button to start the enrolment process, and if your admin has not allowed enrolment, you can send them these instructions.
How much does it cost to enroll in Advanced Protection?
Advanced Protection is a free service. You will however need to purchase two Security Keys in order to enroll. The price of Security Keys will vary depending on which model you select. Click the "Get started" button to view our recommended keys.