Google’s Advanced Protection Program Now Lets You Use Passcodes

The addition of password support makes it much easier to participate in Google’s advanced protection program, as there is no longer a need for a physical security key.

Passkeys, which are secured with a PIN, fingerprint, or facial unlock, can reside on your phone or laptop/desktop. Previously, you needed at least one security key. Now, your primary and secondary security factor options are:

  • 2 access codes or security keys
  • 1 access code and 1 security key
  • 1 passcode or security key and recovery options, such as a recovery phone number and email address

The requirements for the access code are:

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

The Advanced Protection Program offers the “strongest level of Google Account security” with “added protection against common attacks like phishing, malware, and fraudulent access to data.” In addition to 2-step verification upon signing in, APP enables stricter Safe Browsing checks when downloading in Chrome and restricts Android app installs to “verified stores.” Google will also block third-party access to Google Account data. Passkey support was first previewed in May.

You can sign up for the Advanced Protection Program with access codes here.

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