Google's Advanced Protection Program adds support for iOS security keys

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2020

You can then use the Google Smart Lock to authenticate the log-in, indicating that it was initiated by you with a quick tap. The registered phone needs to be within the vicinity of your computer (secure communication via Bluetooth), which is more secure than just using a login prompt.

This comes after Google also made using the security key built-in Android phones running Android 7.0+ (Nougat) generally available a year ago, and previously allowing iOS users to verify sign-ins into Google and Google Cloud services with the help of Android phones set up as security keys.

In the age of digital security, two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is one of the most important lines of defense against a wide array of cybersecurity issues.

iOS: If you're a good Google user, you're probably used to receiving all sorts of prompts on your device whenever you sign into your account (or in the not-so-great instance when someone else is trying to sign in as you).

Google's Advanced Protection Program allows high-risk users to protect themselves from targeted, sophisticated attacks on their Google accounts.

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Google presents this new feature as a way to simplify APP and make it easier for anyone to take advantage of the added security.

Under "Signing in to Google", select 2-Step Verification.

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both devices.

Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it. Physical security keys are considered a much more secure option, and now your phone's hardware can be used for the same objective.

G Suite for enterprise customers have missed out on being able to utilize their phones as security keys, but today's update will let them to do so. Given recent and upcoming events, it feels that Google accounts are prime targets for hacking.

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