Google has made an announcement on Wednesday that now users can use their smartphones running on Android 7 or higher versions as a physical security key for two-factor authentication.
The new move by the tech giant has made the authentication process more secure and fast. The new process is much more effective than several other existing 2FA techniques that Google currently provides. Therefore, when any user feels like login by using their physical devices, they don’t have to purchase a dongle for that as they can conduct it through their smartphones.
Users need to connect their smartphones through Bluetooth to a chrome browser to authenticate logins. After completing the process, users can make their Android smartphone as the security key.
The new settings will work on Google Cloud, Gmail, G Suite, or on any other Google account service. The company stated that other websites might chip in later on. But, the authentication service is on the process of certification yet.
The two-factor verification process can make the authentication process more strong as it can prevent unauthorized logins and also stop other users to steal anybody’s password. The company recommends its users to use their smartphones as a security key, but, in particular, the company recommends it for people such as business leaders, journalists, activists, and those are involved in any political campaign team.
Currently, the service is only available for Android users, and those who log in to Google services and not third-party sites.