Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google transforms Android phones into security keys

Google transforms Android phones into security keys

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

The system - now in beta - can be used to access ChromeOS, macOS or Windows 10 computers running Chrome, and can replace or supplement other FIDO-based security keys like Google's own Titan Security Key.

Once the feature has been enabled, you will receive a prompt on your Android smartphone before logging in to a Google account from another device. The feature uses the FIDO Alliance protocols, which have become an industry standard for hardware security keys. Make sure both devices have Bluetooth turned on, then follow the instructions on the phone's display to authenticate your login.

The next time you sign into your Google account with Chrome on a computer you don't normally use, Google will prompt you to bring out the phone you chose as your security key.

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From the 2-Step Verification page, you'll need to scroll down and select Add Security Key.

You can sign in to access two-step verification settings at this link. Given that a user could lose their phone, Google recommends they register at least two security keys for their account.

This new option to Google's 2-step verification (2SV) is similar to the Titan security key that was introduced in the middle of a year ago. While this new method of verification won't work everywhere you might log in with your Google account, it'll make getting set up on your main computer a good bit quicker.

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