Last year, Google enabled Android users to use their smartphones as security keys, and now the company has extended this feature to iPhones.
Google users can now register their iPhone as a two-factor (2FA) authentication method for their Google accounts in the same way that they would register hardware security keys, such as the company’s own Titan Security Key.
After setting up an iPhone to use a security key, users must enter their user name and password and turn on their device’s Bluetooth connection the next time they log in to their Google account to verify the login attempt.
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To use an iPhone as a security key for a Google account, however, users need an iPhone with iOS 10 or higher and they must also install the Google Smart Lock app from the Apple App Store.
Interested users can discover how to set up their iPhone as a security key by following a step-by-step tutorial in a Google support document.
The advanced security program from Google
Google’s advanced security program (APP) is designed for users who face higher security risks than others, such as politicians, business people and journalists. These users can now register for the APP of Google at no extra cost to benefit from additional security for their Google accounts.
Before the search giant allowed smartphones to work as de facto security keys, a separate hardware security key was required to log on to the program.
However, now that smartphones can serve as security keys, this is no longer necessary and interested users can sign up for the APP with only their phones. This feature can also be very useful for people who live in countries where security keys cannot be purchased immediately.
Adding extra protection to your Google account is now easier than ever and those working in sensitive fields should consider doing so to protect their account against hijacking.
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