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Increase security for your Google Account

To add an extra layer of security to your account, you can enroll in the Advanced Protection Program. This helps protect you against common ways people hijack your account, like getting your emails, documents, contacts, and other personal data.

How the increased security works

To enroll in this program, you’ll need to buy two security keys.

Security keys are small devices that connect to your computer, phone, or tablet. They help protect against hackers because only the person who has the key can sign in to an account. Learn more about how security keys work.

Enroll in Advanced Protection

  • You’ll have to sign-in on all your devices using the security key.
  • You need your security keys only when you sign in for the first time on a computer, browser, or device. After that, you’ll only be asked for your password.
  • To read your email, you’ll have to use Gmail or Inbox by Gmail. For your security, you won't be able to use other mail apps.
  • Apps that aren't from Google won't be able to access your sensitive data on Google Drive, Gmail, and Contacts (iOS). This way, hackers will have trouble stealing your private information, called phishing. See what apps are connected to your account.

Step 1: Get security keys

Once you enroll, you’ll be prompted to buy two security keys.

You can buy the security keys online. Search for fido u2f security key and order from a trusted retailer.

Step 2: Turn on Advanced Protection

After you have your security keys, register them and enroll in Advanced Protection. You’ll be signed out of all devices except the one you’re on.

Secure your account in the meantime

If you’re waiting for your security keys, are on the waitlist, or want to add extra protection to your account:

  1. Set up 2-Step Verification. Remove your phone number to avoid phone-based attacks. Instead, use phone prompts and backup codes.
  2. Buy your two security keys:
    • One that connects to USB ports for your computer:
      • USB-A (most computers): Yubico U2F FIDO USB Key
      • USB-C (like the new Macbook Pro): Yubico YubiKey 4C
    • One that connects wirelessly to your phone:
      • iPhone and iPad: Feitian Multipass BLE/NFC
      • Android with NFC: Yubico NEO NFC
  3. Take the Security Checkup.

If you already have your Security Keys:


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