Android’s security key tech finally comes to iPhone

I’ll be passing on Google’s new 2fa for logins on iPhones and iPads. Here’s why

Using this method, you can verify your sign-in to Google and Google Cloud services on Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows 10 devices.

Last month, Google announced a new way to protect Google accounts with a security key built into their Android phones.

The Android built-in security key was introduced by Google during Cloud Next 2019 to provide a simple way to prevent phishing attacks which are now a huge threat both home and business users by blocking malicious sign-in attempts. On desktops and laptops, the Chrome browser is used to communicate with the Android phone's built-in security key over Bluetooth using FIDO's CTAP2 protocol. Google is now taking it one step further by letting users use an Android smartphone as a physical two-factor authentication security key for signing in on iOS devices.

Because there's no actual Chrome browser on iOS (Chrome for iOS is actually running on WebKit - aka a customized Safari), for iOS devices, the Chrome browser will be replaced by Google's Smart Lock app, which users will have to install on their iOS devices.

Click on "Add Security Key" on the 2-step verification page.

Oldham West and Royton MP slams Government over over-75's TV licences
Instead, following a consultation process with nearly 200,000 people, the scheme will now be means tested. The BBC has said that restricting free licences to only over-75s on Pension Credit is the fairest option.

It seems likely that there will be a few ways to verify a login request, but the default option appears to require you to hold down your Android phone's volume button for a couple of seconds. "While Google automatically blocks the majority of unauthorized sign-in attempts, adding 2-Step Verification (2SV) considerably improves account security".

Sign in to your Google account using the Google Smart Lock app on your iPhone or iPad.

Double-tap the "Are you trying to sign in?" notification.

Also, iPad owners with Android phones aren't that unusual.

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