Google will give free security keys to “high risk” users

To further protect the accounts of high-risk users, Google has announced that it will give 10,000 security keys to people most at risk of targeted attacks in 2021.

Unlike regular cyber attacks, targeted cyber attacks deliberately target high-profile individuals and groups, according to a new blog post from the search giant.

While Google has an entire team dedicated to stopping the world’s most sophisticated cybercriminals, and its Advanced Protection Program (APP) provides increased protection against these types of attacks, some high-risk users still don’t. not enough to protect yourself online.

The APP, which was launched in 2017, is available to all users, but the program has been specially designed for individuals and organizations at high risk of targeted online attacks, including elected officials, political campaigns, human rights activists and journalists.

Increase awareness

As part of Google’s work to keep its users safe and increase awareness of the APP, the search giant has partnered with organizations around the world to provide security keys to more than 10,000 users. at high risk throughout 2021.

One of the organizations the company is collaborating with in this effort is the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) which deals with critical issues of democracy, governance and elections around the world. So far this year, Google has supported IFES with free security keys for attendees of its global cyber hygiene training sessions, including Middle Eastern journalists and activists. The company plans to expand this work next year by providing Titan security keys and educational materials for training high-risk IFES users.

In the 2020 U.S. election, Google began working with the non-profit, non-partisan Defending Digital Campaigns (DCC) to distribute its security keys to more than 180 eligible federal campaigns. By the time the midterm elections begin in 2022, the DDC will have completed bipartite cybersecurity training sessions in all 50 states.

If you’re a high-risk user worried about targeted cyber attacks or just looking to improve your overall security, signing up for Google’s Advanced Protection Program is free and takes just a few minutes.

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