The safest way to secure Google sign-ins: 2-step verification

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

"Until now, there were limited options for using FIDO2 security keys on iOS devices".

The development comes nearly more than a month after the internet giant made it easy for Google users to sign in to their accounts on their laptops or PCs using their Android smartphones as hardware security keys.

The Android built-in security key was introduced by Google during Cloud Next 2019 to provide a simple way to prevent phishing attacks which are now a huge threat both home and business users by blocking malicious sign-in attempts.

Apple users, more specifically - iPhone and iPad users - can now use their Android security key to verify logging into different services, Google confirmed in a recent blog post.

Because there's no actual Chrome browser on iOS (Chrome for iOS is actually running on WebKit - aka a customized Safari), for iOS devices, the Chrome browser will be replaced by Google's Smart Lock app, which users will have to install on their iOS devices. Upon doing so, any attempts to log into your Google account will automatically send a verification request over to your Android device of choice.

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Pick your Android smartphone from the list of available devices. Besides, what Google is trying to do here is improve iOS security with the help of Android phones, which sounds like a brilliant plan when you think about it.

Turn on Bluetooth on your Android and iOS devices.

Check your Android phone for a notification.

You'll need an Android smartphone running Android 7.0 or above and an iOS device running iOS 10.0 or above, according to Google.

Still, that shouldn't be too hard to do, and while we don't imagine many people carry both Android handsets and iPhones with them at all times, this new feature could come in handy for iPad users who also own an Android phone.

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