Android’s security key tech finally comes to iPhone


Google two-step verification system with iPad
An Android phone can make accessing Google accounts on iPad even more secure.
Photo: Google

Security on iPhone and Pad is already very robust, but a just-introduced method employs Android phones to add another layer of protection from unauthorized access to Google accounts on Apple’s mobile devices.

Google’s two-step verification system is designed to protect Google and Google Cloud services. This uses an Android device to enable access on computers macOS, Windows 10 or ChromeOS. Starting today, it’s also available to iPad and iPhone.

The system uses FIDO security keys to guard against automated bots, bulk phishing and targeted attacks by leveraging public key cryptography.

It requires the Google Smart Lock app to restrict access to this company’s online services.

Android and iOS? Really?

While mixing iOS and Android OS may seem counterintuitive to some, there are benefits.

This system requires that the Android device be available whenever the iPad or iPhone is used to connect to a Google service. If a thief grabs someone’s iPad, they won‘t be able to access any Google accounts even if they somehow have the necessary passwords.

Also, iPad owners with Android phones aren’t that unusual. Even people who have Samsung or LG handsets might prefer an Apple tablet.

Plus, consider that this system won’t replace iPhone or iPad security methods. It’ll be layered on top.

A related option is a Titan Security Key, a small Bluetooth accessory that can be used for two-factor security instead.

Via: Google



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