Google touted today the impressive features of its Advanced Protection Program (APP), revealing that no user who signed up for the program has been phished to date, even if repeatedly targeted. The Advanced Protection Program (APP) is a special (free) program offered by Google that includes extra security protections that are not available to regular Gmail users.
The program was launched in the fall of 2017, and it was initially made available to high-risk users, such as politicians, journalists, activists, or known business people. Since its launch, the program has been made broadly available, and any Google user can sign up for APP today. The only condition is that users own a hardware security key or a modern smartphone, which Google will enroll in its APP program and use to cryptographically verify and authenticate all login operations.