Google has taken a huge step towards making it easier for iPhone users to log in to Google services securely using two-factor authentication keys.
An update to the Google Smart Lock app brings the functionality to Apple fans, several months after the feature was made available to Android users.
Smart Lock is a form of two-factor authentication. Basically, it's a security system that requires two different authentication mechanisms to bypass, which are often based on something you know or have, such as a password or security key.
Google considers security keys to be the strongest protection against account takeover attacks, whether they are performed by an automated bot, are bulk phishing attacks or extremely targeted (and tailored) attacks.
With this new update, you can now set up your phone's built-in security key, the best second factor protection for your Google Account.
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This means that iPhone users can now be part of Google's Advanced Protection Program - the company's security for those who're at significant risk of a breach online, such as journalists and politicians - without having to purchase separate security keys.
The device through which they are signing into their account has to have the latest version of a compatible browser (e.g., Chrome), the latest version of a compatible OS (e.g., Chrome OS, Mac OS, or Windows 10), and Bluetooth enabled.
Google also recommends registering a backup security key to your Google account to use in the event that you lose your iPhone. "We've also refreshed the app's design to make it easier to use", says the news release.