Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Google 2-Step Verification Gets Easier

Google recently announced that they're providing a new pop-up acceptance option for Google 2-Step authentication on Android devices. Many people are already using 2-Step (or two factor) authentication, but if you're not familiar, it's a vastly more secure option. Instead of providing a password when you use Google authentication, you need both the password and a verification code. Some systems text the code to your phone, and some (including Google) also offer an app to get your security codes. What it boils down to is that for someone to break into your account, they would need not just password, but also physical access to your unlocked phone--that's clearly a much higher bar. You can read about Google's version of 2-Step authentication on their site.

As a big believer in the added security of 2-Step verification, I am happy about this update to Google Accounts and Android's Google Play Services. Prior to this upgrade, I would have to open the Google Authenticator app each time I used Google authentication for an app on my phone. It's not a huge hassle, but it's enough to put some people off using two factor security.

Instead of using the additional app, Google is providing a pop-up acceptance option in Android. This removes the need for an extra app and makes the whole experience quick and simple. If you're not using 2-Step authentication, I highly recommend you try it out. This enhancement pretty much removes the last argument against the added security you get with 2-Step.

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