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Using Android smartphones as a security key for Google accounts

If you are looking for a security method to protect your Google account against hackers, Google has just introduced a new method that can assist you.

The new method uses an Android device as a physical security key and is for everyone who owns a device running Android 7.0 or higher.

What are the two factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication or Two-step verification is a powerful weapon in the fight against phishing attacks. As the name suggests, 2FA or 2SV adds an additional validation step to the normal login process. This makes it difficult or even impossible for hackers to access your account.

2FA codes are usually sent via SMS or generated from third party code generation applications such as Authy, Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, LastPass Authenticator … Besides, you can use security keys physical (a small device connected via USB port) to replace SMS or code generation application. The latest method of  Googleeven allows you to use an Android device as a physical security key.

Android smartphone usage makes physical security key for Google account

To use an Android phone as a physical security key for a Google account, you need a mobile device running Android 7.0 or higher, and a computer that supports Bluetooth connectivity running Windows 10, macOS X, or Chrome OS . In addition, you also need to sign up for Google’s two-factor authentication program.

In short, the steps will be:

1. Add a Google account to your Android phone.

2. Log in to your Google account, turn on Bluetooth, and position services.

3. Open the Chrome browser on your computer and access the Google Security website .

4. Select 2-Step Verification and press the Add security key button .

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