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Google Advanced Protection Program now supports passkeys

Google Advanced Protection Program now supports passkeys

By Prince Dankwa

Google’s Advanced Protection Program (APP), is more accessible and convenient for users by introducing support for passkeys. This new feature offers an alternative to the previously required physical security keys, marking a notable improvement in user experience.

Passkeys are a secure authentication method designed to replace traditional passwords. Stored directly on the user’s device, they can be unlocked using a PIN, fingerprint, or face recognition.

This advancement eliminates the need for a physical security key, simplifying the setup and use of the Advanced Protection Program.

Previously, the APP mandated that users possess at least one physical security key. With the latest update, the options for two-factor authentication (2FA) have been expanded to include:

  • Two passkeys or security keys
  • One passkey and one security key
  • One passkey or security key, along with recovery options such as a recovery phone and email

To utilize passkeys, users will need:

  • A laptop or desktop running at least Windows 10, macOS Ventura, or ChromeOS 109
  • A mobile device with iOS 16 or Android 9 or later
  • A hardware security key that supports the FIDO2 protocol

The Advanced Protection Program is renowned for providing the “strongest level of Google Account security,” offering additional safeguards against common threats like phishing, malware, and unauthorized data access.

The program enhances Safe Browsing checks when downloading files in Chrome and restricts Android app installations to verified stores. Additionally, Google will block third-party access to Google Account data.

“Now you’re 100% unable to add proper hardware security keys. Thanks google!” by BT Uber Geek

Abner Li, Editor-in-Chief at 9to5Google, commented on the update, stating, “By adding passkey support today, Google’s Advanced Protection Program is much easier to join by no longer requiring a physical security key.”

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