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Back in 2019, Google also added the option for Android smartphones to serve as a security key, and this has since been extended to iPhones. On iOS, Google Prompt requests for your account can be received by the Google Search app, the Gmail app, or the dedicated Google Smart Lock app. It sounds like everyone meeting these requirements will soon be enrolled in 2FA.
It asks if you’re “trying to sign in” and lists the device, location, and time of where the attempt was made. Users then tap “Yes” or “No, it’s not me” to proceed. On iOS, a notification is sent to either the Google or Gmail app.
Once enabled, they’ll receive a prompt on their smartphone to verify that an attempted login with their Google account is legitimate. “Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone.
After signing in with your username and password in Gmail or other Google service, the Google Prompt appears natively on your Android phone as either a notification or a fullscreen UI.
Overall, this app and system-based (on Android) approach are much safer than 2FA over phone numbers, which can be hacked and is still widely used by banks. Full instructions for enabling 2SV are available here.
It features a Password Checkup feature to check for compromised credentials from past hacks. There’s also an import feature to allow people to upload up to 1,000 logins at a time from other third-party services. Additionally, you can also consider using a password manager. We told you what a password manager is and how it is helpful yesterday, you can read the whole article on tips and tricks to keep in mind when it comes to passwords.