Google is beta testing Android phones as Bluetooth-based two-step verification tokens

Google 2SV Phone

However, since the service uses the same protocols that a physical security key does, other companies could soon add support for it to their own services extending its functionality beyond Google.

However, not everyone wants to pay $20-$50 for such a key, and most people may not want to deal with the hassle of using an extra gadget, even if they can tie it to their keychain. The same goes for your actual password, which is why you should absolutely buy a physical security key if you're anxious about hacks. or simply use what you already have in your pocket to protect your account.

In a bid to further boost the security of users' Google account and linked services, Google has rolled out a new version of 2 step verification (2SV) or 2-factor authentication (2FA), which turns any Android smartphone into a physical security key.

As mentioned above, first you need a smartphone running Android 7 or newer.

"Think of it like a security key in nearly every modern Android phone. a very easy-to-use form factor for over a billion users", Rob Sadowski, Google's Trust and Security marketing lead, told reporters last week. Make sure both devices have Bluetooth turned on, then follow the instructions on the phone's display to authenticate your login. Next, you need to use a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X or Windows 10 computer with a Chrome browser.

Scroll down to the section labeled "Set up an alternative second step" and then click on the "Add Security Key" button.

Go to myaccount.google.com/security on your Android phone to enable two-step verification if you haven't done so already (Security 2-Step Verification Get Started).

Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices and you're done!

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