Google expands Advanced Protection Program to support native iOS apps

James Marshall
May 4, 2018

Google first rolled out the program last October, created to protect high-risk internet users, like politicians, campaign staffers, business leaders, journalists with confidential sources and people in abusive relationships seeking safety. These users may be journalists, activists, business leaders, political campaign teams, and others who feel especially vulnerable.

Now, this protection program extends beyond Google's own apps, supporting iOS' native Mail, Calendar, and Contacts apps, reports TechCrunch.

Before today, Google's program was only available via its own web and mobile apps.

Google debuted its Advanced Protection Program past year, offering the highest degree of protection for the data users store in services like Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive.

With today's update, you can now choose to allow Apple's native iOS applications to access your Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts data. Users who are enrolled in Advanced Protection will receive sign-in instructions once they sign into iOS apps with their Google account.

The program is meant to provide users with Google's robust security against phishing attacks by requiring the use of a physical security key as part of the process of logging back in to a user's account after signing out or once a user signs in using a new device. Advanced Protection also helps block fraudulent access to your account by adding extra steps to the account recovery process to prevent people from impersonating you and pretending they've been locked out of your account.

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