You can now protect your high-risk Google account with just your phone

Illustration: The Verge

Google has made it a little easier for those at more risk of targeted online attacks to enroll in its Advanced Protection Program for Google accounts. Now users can set it up with a single passkey — using the built-in biometric authentication of a Pixel phone or iPhone — instead of the two physical security keys the company previously required.

The Advanced Protection Program is aimed not at normal users but people like those working on political campaigns or journalists with sensitive information to protect. When it launched, the company required two physical security keys to activate it, and one of those keys plus a password to log in after that.

Google changed the feature in 2023 to allow users to sign in with just a passkey — a…

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