Google Advanced Protection can now use Android, iPhones as security keys

Having a Google account can open doors not only to Google’s own services, but also to third parties that use its single sign-on feature. That makes it even more tempting for hackers to compromise that account and potentially steal critical and even risky personal information. The Google Advanced Protection Program aims to strengthen Google accounts for such attempts and is now greatly facilitating the configuration of one, provided you have an Android phone or even an iPhone.

Google created this Advanced Protection Program or APP specifically for “high risk” users for whom two-factor authentication is simply not enough. These include journalists, activists, politicians and even business leaders. Initially, the strictest security measures in the application required the use of a physical key, specifically a Titan security key, but Google says it also introduced an unnecessary inconvenience.

Last year, Google began allowing phones to be used as security keys instead of a USB key. Naturally, it started with Android and is practically integrated into all modern phones with Android 7.0 Nougat or higher. Today, Google announces that even iPhones can also be part of the application, assuming they run on Android 10 at least.

As previously reported, any iPhone can now enroll in the Advanced Protection Program. However, they must first install a Google Smart Lock application. Both Android and iOS use Bluetooth to communicate with a PC or Mac by logging into a Google account. And yes, it only protects your Google account, of course.

Google introduces this new feature as a way to simplify the APPLICATION and make it easier for anyone to take advantage of the additional security. Given recent and future events, it seems that Google accounts are major targets for piracy. Of course, as with a security key, this only works if you always carry your phone with you and it has not been stolen or lost.

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