Google announced last week that it was coming to enterprise G Suite and Cloud accounts for the Advanced Protection Program. The firm today announced a fourth with three main features that will block dangerous Chrome downloads.
The latest internet protections against malware and other dangerous downloads come as attackers shifting their strategies to threaten Advanced Protection users outside of email,” where Gmail is already working on scanning attachments and URLs.
The latest threats are linked malware and “drive-by downloads,” with attackers attempting to get users to “unknowingly download harmful software onto their devices.”
Chrome users who are part of the Advanced Protection Program and have Chrome Sync / sign-in enabled will receive extra warnings when “certain risk files” are downloaded or the attempt is completely blocked. Alerts appear in the download bar, specifying the responsibility for “Advanced Protection.”
For several weeks now, we have been monitoring this new Advanced Protection Program in Chrome, with Google announcing a host of other initiatives at Cloud Next Tokyo, such as the accessibility of Titan Security Keys in four more nations.
The Advanced Protection Program was launched two years ago and is “most at risk” for customers of targeted internet attacks. This includes reporters, activists, politicians, and company leaders, promising Google an “evolving list of security offerings.”
The consumer APP has three other pillars, beginning with the requirement to sign in with a physical security key. Gmail and Google Drive will block third-party applications, including non-Google internet or first-party customers, from accessing your files. Finally, returning to your account after being locked out requires further verification.