Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google brings iPhone support for an important security feature

Google brings iPhone support for an important security feature

The registered phone needs to be within the vicinity of your computer (secure communication via Bluetooth), which is more secure than just using a login prompt. Security keys are built into Android and starting today, you can finally activate security key on your iOS device to protect your Google Account.

Google said it hopes that the updates to its program will help high-risk users, like members of political campaign teams, journalists, and activists, as well as professionals working in highly regulated industries like finance.

Google considers security keys to be the strongest protection against account takeover attacks, whether they are performed by an automated bot, are bulk phishing attacks or extremely targeted (and tailored) attacks.

The company has updated its Advanced Protection Program to allow users to use their iPhones as a security key to access Gmail, Drive, and other Google account services.

The security key in your iPhone works the same: it uses Bluetooth to verify sign-ins on Chrome OS, iOS, macOS and Windows 10 devices without the need to pair your devices.

In the age of digital security, two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is one of the most important lines of defense against a wide array of cybersecurity issues.

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As soon as you enter the password for any Google service on a device, you get a push notification on your iPhone which you can then check and approve.

Last year, Google started allowing phones to be used as security keys instead of a USB key. We've also refreshed the app's design to make it easier to use.

Make sure you have 2-Step Verification or Advanced Protection turned on.

You can download the Google Smart Lock app from the App Store.

Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it.

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