Google announced a new Two-factor authentication method let Android Phone to be used as a physical security key when users log into a Google account with the Chrome browser.

This is a new era for 2-factor authentication which is one of the very effective and the most secure ways to log in your Google accounts.

Android that running with version 7.0 and higher can be used as a physical security key for the Google services that required 2 Factor Authentication.

Two Factor authentication makes the attack harder when an attacker tries to trick users to steal online credentials and prevent users from the most common security breaches.


According to Google, “While any form of 2SV, like SMS text message codes and push notifications, improves the security of your account, sophisticated attackers can skirt around them by targeting you with a fake sign-in page to steal your credentials.”

Other Form of two-factor verification like pushing the one time password, Google prompts the SMS verification code and Google service on your computer directly communicate over the internet.

This new Android Phone as a Security Key for 2 Factor Authentication, pushing the same notification, but it required your Android phone physically nearby your computer and ask you to confirm the sign in verification from your Android phone.

To activate your phone’s built-in security key, all you need is an Android 7.0+ phone and a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X or Windows 10 computer with a Chrome browser. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Add your Google Account to your Android phone.
  2. Make sure you’re enrolled in 2SV.
  3. On your computer, visit the 2SV settings and click “Add security key”.
  4. Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices—and you’re done!

“This makes it easier and more convenient for you to unlock this powerful protection, without having to carry around additional security keys. Use it to protect your personal Google Account, as well as your Google Cloud Accounts at work” Google Said.

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BALAJI is a Former Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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