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2-Step Verification Simplified By Google – Google Prompt


Two step verification (2SV) also known as two factor authentication (2FA) has been widely used to add an additional layer of security for users to safeguard access to their accounts and web-based services. Major players like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Dropbox among others have been encouraging their users to enable this feature to keep their accounts safer.
There exist multiple ways that end users can approve sign-in requests via 2SV, by keying in a Security Key, by entering a verification code sent to their phone or a voice call. SMS two-step verification has become less reliable because hackers can take advantage of the vulnerability found in Signalling System Seven (SS7) that is used by carriers to exchange information to intercept any SMS message or call that one may get. Google Prompt is a new 2SV whereby users only approves or rejects a prompt that will pop up on their phone. Users no longer need to search through SMS messages and remember sometimes complex verification code.
However, some points are to be noted:
  • Currently, you can't have Security Keys and Google prompt enabled at the same time.
  • A data connection is required to use Google prompt.
  • Android users must update Google Play Services to use this prompt.
  • iOS / Apple users will need to install the Google Search app.
 
Source:
Threatpost
 
Google Apps Update
 
The Guardian
 
 
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