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

Yolanda Curtis
January 16, 2020

In both cases, Google's Chrome web browser has to be used. Also, your phone needs to be running iOS 10 or later.

General Google accounts have been able to sign up their phone or tablet with Android 7.0 Nougat or later as a Bluetooth security key since May of past year.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a more secure method of logging in to accounts, email, and operating systems.

It initially allowed users to make their accounts more secure by requiring them to have and use a physical security key to provide additional user verification during the login process.

Google is finally letting iPhone owners use their device as a physical two-factor authorization security key for Google services thanks to a new update to the Google Smart Lock app for iOS.

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

This way, you can protect your Google account against hacking attempts on any device with your iPhone's help, even when sensitive information like your user credentials has been stolen. These users can now enroll in Google's APP at no extra cost to benefit from extra security protection for their Google accounts.

"You can now use your mobile phone as a security key in the Advanced Protection Program for the enterprise", Google also announced today.

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Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it.

But using a phone number as a second layer of security still leaves a phone vulnerable to attacks from more sophisticated hackers, as database leaks over the years have left phone numbers exposed, and it's relatively easy for a sufficiently dedicated hacker to get access to text messages, experts have warned.

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