Protecting Employees & Customers with Strong 2FA
Today, Google not only protects employees with the YubiKey but has also integrated support for the YubiKey and FIDO U2F security keys into the available security protections for all Google users. Any user with a Google account can now protect themselves from advanced phsihing and benefit from the strong authentication provided by the YubiKey.
The Strongest Defense against Phishing
Most recently in October 2017, Google launched its Advanced Protection Program (GAPP) for those users at highest risk including journalists, business leaders and political campaign teams. The GAPP program further tightens up security for Google account users by requiring the use of hardware-backed FIDO U2F security keys for secure login versus making them optional. To provide the strongest defense against phishing, Advanced Protection goes beyond traditional 2-Step Verification. Participants in GAPP are required to sign into your account with a password and a physical security key ie the YubiKey. Other authentication factors, including codes sent via SMS or the Google Authenticator app, will no longer work, since these forms of 2FA have been shown to be phishable.
Protecting Adwords Customer
Google has also highlighted the benefits of protecting Adwords accounts with the YubiKey, In 2016, Google published a blog highlighting how two digital marketing agencies, Jellyfish and iProspect, protect their AdWords accounts, customers, and revenue using the YubiKey.
Modern Authentication At Scale
Google is a leading technology company with innovation and invention at its core. Working in collaboration with Yubico, Google was critical in defining the open standard for strong authentication now known as the FIDO U2F standard. Today, Yubico and Google, offer over one billion Gmail users and more than 50,000 Google employees, strong unphishable two-factor authentication to protect personal data and secure access to the Internet.