Google Will Protect Elections Websites and Individuals Against Cyberattacks

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Google has announced that it will be providing extra protection against online threats to at-risk organizations and individuals for the upcoming 2022 Philippine elections.

Google protect 2022 Philippine Elections

Protecting websites

Google is calling Philippine human rights, elections monitoring, media organizations, and individual journalists to apply to Project Shield.

Project Shield is a free service created by Jigsaw and Google that provides unlimited protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These are a type of digital attacks used to take websites offline, censoring information.

Project Shield filters out malicious traffic using the infrastructure and DDoS tools of Google. Google’s servers will block attacking traffic to keep the website up when targeted by a DDoS attack.

Protecting individual accounts

In addition to Project Shield, the company has Advanced Protection Program (APP). It is designed to help protect policymakers, candidates, campaign teams, journalists, and activists from cyberattacks.

Ahead of the 2022 Philippine Elections, Google is offering to enroll these individuals into APP to be protected against a wide variety of online threats. Among these include phishing attacks, malware, and other malicious downloads on Chrome and Android, as well as unauthorized access to personal data like Gmail, Drive, or Photos).

APP evolves to provide the latest protections as new threats are discovered.

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