Your iPhone now works as a Google 2FA security key

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iPhone can now secure your Google Account

So far, it seems that the app can only be used for logging into your Google account on another devices, but it's still a cool development that points towards more support for simple, secure authentication.

Here's an easy way to upgrade the security of your Gmail account: Use your phone for two-factor authentication. In order for the feature to work, you'll need to be using Chrome to sign in to Google, and both your phone and desktop computer will need to have Bluetooth activated so that they can communicate.

Smart Lock is a form of two-factor authentication.

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

Google considers security keys to be the strongest protection against account takeover attacks, whether they are performed by an automated bot, are bulk phishing attacks or extremely targeted (and tailored) attacks. Once you install the Smart Lock app on your iPhone and log into your Google account, the phone gets registered as a physical security key.

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Google introduced the Advanced Protection Program in late 2017, to help high-risk users - journalists, human rights activists, IT admins, executives, etc. keep their Google accounts safe from targeted attacks. Your phone has to have Bluetooth enabled for it to work, but it's otherwise a convenience.

In May 2019, Google made it possible to exchange the physical security key with one's Android device. The search giant has also refreshed the app's UI design with the update.

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