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Google will let you use your Android phone to verify logins

Google will let you use your Android phone to verify logins

We think Google's already done a pretty decent job at enabling good 2FA practices, with the Google Prompt on your phone, authentication codes from Google Authenticator and more.

The company recently paved the way for more Bluetooth-equipped devices to be recognized as security keys. If you lose your main security key and you don't have a backup, you may not be able to get back into your Google account or whatever service for which you enabled the security key-based two-factor authentication.

Anyone can try out the feature today - it's supported on any Android device running Android 7 or higher.

The system - now in beta - can be used to access ChromeOS, macOS or Windows 10 computers running Chrome, and can replace or supplement other FIDO-based security keys like Google's own Titan Security Key.

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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. Google is now introducing a way to sign-in using Android Phones to make sure the right person is accessing the account.

While any form of two-step verification improves your security, security keys are immune to phishing attacks - it doesn't matter if a hacker tricks you into handing over your credentials if they don't have your key.

Then visit the 2-Step Verification website on your computer and choose the "Add security key" button.

One alternative is to buy a hardware security key fob that uses Bluetooth, NFC or USB connectivity to authenticate account access.


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