Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

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Google brings iPhone support for an important security feature

Still, it won't do much to protect your account if the person trying to log in also has access to your phone, but it's still an upgrade.

Here's an easy way to upgrade the security of your Gmail account: Use your phone for two-factor authentication.

Unlike other two-factor authentication (2FA) methods that try to verify your sign-in, security keys are built with FIDO standards that provide the strongest protection against automated bots, bulk phishing attacks, and targeted phishing attacks.

After installing the update, users are asked to select a Google account to set up their phone's built-in security key.

While they initially assumed it was a bug, a Google spokesperson has now confirmed that the lack of confirmation notifications for updated apps are a deliberate change by the company's engineers, likely aimed at reducing the notification spam from the Play Store.

If you don't have an eligible mobile device, you will still need two dongles to get into Advanced Protection.

"This is another smart incremental step from the Google team that is doing more than anybody to make a password-free future possible", Stamos tweeted.

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. This feature could also be quite useful for those who live in countries where security keys are not readily available for purchase. Your phone has to have Bluetooth enabled for it to work, but it's otherwise a convenience.

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