Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Google makes 2 step authentication much easier to use to keep you from getting hacked

Google recently rolled out a new feature for 2-step verification on mobile that makes it much easier to log in. Previously, users had to rely on a Google-generated key or a text message with a special code to access their accounts. Now they can simply confirm without needing to type in a list of letters and numbers first.

The prompt has been used by other tech companies, including Yahoo for example, and basically just delivers a message that says: “Trying to sign in? Are you trying to sign in from Palo Alto, California on a MacBook Pro?” If you are, then you just tap “Yes, allow sign-in.” If you aren’t, just tap “No, deny sign-in” and the would-be hacker is left out of your account. The option can be turned on in Google’s settings under Sign in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification.

Google said iOS users can take advantage of the tool, too, so long as they have the Google Search app installed. Android users need to update their Google Play Services app first. You’ll need a data connection, and Google says, right now, you need to choose between either security keys or the new prompt system; you can’t use both.

If you don’t already use 2-step verification you really should. It’s a secure way to make sure you’re the only one using your accounts and it’s much more reliable than keeping a regular password that you hope nobody steals. Don’t be the one who gets hackked, turn it on.

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