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Google steps up security of web applications

09-21-2010 09:40 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Google on Monday introduced a two-step verification process to boost the security of Google Apps, its web-based suite of email, messaging and collaboration applications.

The two-layer authentication requires Google Apps users to sign in to their account with the combination of a password and a verification code sent to their mobile phone.

The company believed that the new measure will give users stronger protection to help fend off risks like phishing scams and password reuse.

"This makes it much more likely that you're the only one accessing your data. Even if someone has stolen your password, they'll need more than that to access your account," Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, said in a blog post.

The enhanced protection is now available to businesses, government and education institutions that have subscribed to Google Apps.

"In the coming months, we'll also be offering this same security to our hundreds of millions of individual Google users," Feigenbaum said.

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Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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