Your Android phone can now be used as a two-step verification key

Your Android phone can now be used as a two-step verification key

The same goes for your actual password, which is why you should absolutely buy a physical security key if you're anxious about hacks. or simply use what you already have in your pocket to protect your account.

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. This makes it easier and more convenient for you to unlock this powerful protection, without having to carry around additional security keys.

Users will have to activate the security key on their device before it works, and it's only compatible with Chrome browsers on Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X and Windows 10 devices. All users need is to make sure that same Google account is logged into a phone with Android version 7.0 Nougat or later. To help, Google is letting you use your phone as a 2SV security key when you attempt to sign-in.

You can sign in to access two-step verification settings at this link.

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

Once enabled, you'll get a prompt on your chosen Android device to approve your login any time you try to sign into your Google account.

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

The new feature takes advantage of the Bluetooth and Global Positioning System to triangluate the location of the phone and use it as a physcial security key.

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