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Google’s Advanced Protection Program to block malware on Chrome..

Google’s Advanced Protection Program (APP) will now safeguard Chrome users from any malware that could get downloaded via Google Chrome. The tool was initially unveiled by Google in 2017 to prevent hackers from taking over Gmail accounts. 

Google is now expanding the reach of its tool to help in blocking malware spread via Google Chrome web browser. The APP requires a security key and limits third-party access to prevent the accounts from getting hacked. The users enrolled in the program will get increased security and some of these users include journalists, activists, business leaders, and politicians. 

To turn the feature on, Google says that a user enrolled in the APP will need to turn Chrome sync on. Google will show a warning when these users try to download anything that contains malware. While downloading any file or software that is potentially dangerous, Google Chrome will show a warning sign. 

Once you enrol in the program, it will request you an additional key to log in to your Google account and limit the outside access to Google services including Gmail, Drive, and other third-party apps. Any user wanting to restore access of third-party apps to their accounts will need to go through additional verification steps to verify the identity. 

The official statement said, “Attackers are shifting their strategies to threaten Advanced Protection users outside of email with linked malware and ‘drive-by downloads’ where users unknowingly download harmful software onto their devices.” 

Google has recently announced the expansion of Google’s Titan Security Key which is a two-factor authorisation (2FA) service. Titan is now available in Canada, Japan, UK, and France. Another beta program allows G Suite, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and cloud identity admins to enrol high profile users in their organisations into the Advanced Protection Program. 

Google is continuously releasing feature improvements on the popular Chrome browser which had a worldwide share of 63.69% as of June 2019. One such planned feature pertains to the media control buttons on Chrome and ad blocking on Chrome.

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