SAN FRANCISCO – You keep a lot of sensitive information in your Google account — bank account balances, email addresses and phone numbers, pictures of your face, your friends’ faces, your family. If you want to protect that sensitive data with the highest level of security you can get, you’ll want to take a look at the Google Advanced Protection Program. Google’s program makes it practically impossible for anyone other than you to access your GmailGoogle DriveGoogle Photos or other Google services. Google claims it offers the strongest consumer-grade security available.

You have a right to be concerned — data breaches have become so commonplace that CNET now keeps a running tally. Just last month, hackers rang up thousands of dollars’ worth of Facebook ads on unsuspecting users’ credit cards. Meanwhile, one of the biggest players in the virtual private network space, NordVPN, reluctantly admitted to a massive breach after a security researcher blew the whistle on Twitter.

Whether you’re ready to add maximum safeguards to your Google account, or you’re just curious how Google’s high-security program works, here’s everything you need to know about the Google Advanced Protection Program and how it can protect your data.

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