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Google simplifies security with new 2-step verification settings

By Liu Hongzuo - on 21 Jun 2016, 11:31am

Google simplifies security with new 2-step verification settings

Google Prompt.

Earlier today, Google introduced new 2-step verification settings for your Google accounts. The new method, called Google Prompt, uses the latest Google App (for iOS phones) or the updated Google Play Services (for Android devices) to validate login attempts on your Google accounts.

Google Prompt is simple to use. After enabling it, you can verify your Google logins by approving a prompt when it pops up on your smartphone. An example of the prompt can be found above (pictured).

If you want to enable 2-step verification for your Google accounts, go to the My Account page, and look for Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification menu. Follow the instructions on screen. To expedite your process, make sure your Google account is already logged in to the respective app or service on your phone.

To enable 2-step verification, go into your Google account's My Account page.

While the blog update by Google did not mention this, we found that the new Google Prompt actually works with Touch ID on iOS. We felt that the inclusion of Touch ID added yet another level of security to our logins; it would be harder for us to accidentally approve malicious login attempts.

The new Google Prompt increases the number of ways a user can secure their Google accounts. Besides Google Prompt, users can stick to other conventional 2-factor authentication methods that are available. You can still opt to receive a verification code via SMS on your smartphone, or you could buy a physical USB dongle by Google, called Security Key.

Source: Google App blog