Google transforms Android phones into security keys

Google is now turning your Android phone into physical security key

The tech giant already provides a number of 2FA methods including Google Prompt but physical security keys have been proven by its own teams to be the most effective method of combating phishing.

Of course, two-step verification (or 2SV) has been around for a long time, allowing users to strengthen their passwords with things like text message codes and push notifications. Many people, however, may not want to pay for an extra security device, or they may simply forget to carry it with them.

The feature works for those with Google Cloud Accounts as well.

Using a 2nd form of verification as you sign-in to services is a must these days, but you should 100% be doing so with your Google account to add a layer of protection.

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In an official blog post, Google has revealed that all smartphones running Android 7.0 or a higher version of Google's mobile OS can now be used as a physical security key to verify and authenticate access to Google services like Gmail and Google Drive linked to their account, both personal and work.

To set this up, you first need a computer with Bluetooth capabilities and the Chrome web browser. The feature is now limited to accessing a Google account on the Chrome web browser through a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, Mac, or Windows device.

This new option to Google's 2-step verification (2SV) is similar to the Titan security key that was introduced in the middle of past year. From there you need to select the option to add a security key and choose your smartphone from the list of devices.


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