Google has simplified its 2-step verification (2SV) mechanism by adding a straightforward way by which both Android and iOS users can approve sign-in requests.
The Mountain View-based tech giant recognizes how important account security is to its users in an update posted to its blog:
“We know that security is one of your top concerns as a Google Apps admin and that many of you require your employees to turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) to keep their accounts safe.”
2SV (which is different from 2-factor authentication) is an optional feature that a user can choose to activate on a variety of web accounts including Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, and Apple. It adds an additional layer of security by sending a sign-in request to a user’s phone or other device every time they attempt to log in to their account with their username and password.
Previously, users could approve of 2SV sign-in requests for their Google accounts by one of two ways: entering a verification code sent to their phone by SMS or generated by the Google Authenticator app, or using a USB-based Security Key.
Now users have an additional option in the form of approving a simple one-click sign-in prompt sent to their mobile devices.
Users who are interested in switching to this new feature, which Google intends to roll out over the next three days, should access the Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification section of Google’s My Account page. There they can select which 2SV option they’d like to enable.
To activate the one-click sign-in prompt, Android users will need to maintain an updated Google Play Services app on their devices, whereas iOS users will need to download the Google Search app.
2SV helps to protect a user’s account, but it is only meant to supplement other web account security measures that are already in place.
Google users should also make sure that they protect their accounts with a strong, unique password. For tips on creating a strong password, please click here.