We all know how important data security in the tech space today, protecting your personal data is very important so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. In an effort to protect users data from unauthorized users, the tech giant Google has expanded its two-factor authentication security for Android smartphones, to add extra security to your device while coffering an easier authenticate for your account logins.
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The tech giant announced this development in a blog post that you Android phone can now be used as a physical security key when logging into another device.
How to turn your Android device in a physical security key
For you to enable this security feature on your device, your Android smartphone must be running Android 7.0 or above paired with either a ChromeOS, macOS X, or a Windows 10 computer via bluetooth. Your device should also be running the latest Chrome browser to initiate this.
Here is How to do It
- Establish a connection between you phone and PC/MacOS/Chrome OS
- Sign in to your Google Account to your Android phone.
- You should already have 2-step verification enabled for your account, if you haven’t then activate it in your settings.
- Now, on your computer, visit the 2SV settings (myaccount.google.com/security) and click “Add security key”.
- Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices—and you’re done!
Once the setup is completed, users can now authenticate login attempts by holding down the volume down button on their smartphone when prompted. Should in cade you loose your primary device, Google has added an option to add additional devices.
The feature will be rolling out for everyone in few days in a beta version and will be update to final stage as time goes.
If you’re not already using the Google 2FA security for your gmail account, you probably should start using it and protect yourself unauthorized access to your accounts.