Two-factor authentication Stories February 11

If you’re not using security keys, the Google Prompt is the next best two-factor authentication method to protect accounts. Google is now updating the Prompt’s Android UI with a much-needed dark theme. 

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Two-factor authentication Stories June 17, 2020

Two-step authentication is one of the best ways to stay secure online, and for years Google has made that really easy using “Google Prompt.” Now, Google Prompt is expanding to “any eligible phone” on your account.

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Two-factor authentication Stories March 6, 2020

A recent data leak from Samsung is triggering the company to improve security for all of its users. Samsung is now forcing two-factor authentication on all account holders starting this week.

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Two-factor authentication Stories February 18, 2020

Just last week Google announced that it would soon be making two-factor authentication mandatory for users still on a Nest account. Today, Amazon-owned Ring is following that by making two-factor authentication mandatory for everyone and that starts today.

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Two-factor authentication Stories February 11, 2020

Two-factor authentication is one of the best ways to keep yourself safe online, but many users don’t turn on the optional feature. Starting this spring, Google will require all Nest users to enable two-factor authentication.

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Two-factor authentication Stories June 25, 2019

The best way to protect online accounts is with a security key that ensures you’re the one signing in. However, enterprise users still have legacy systems like Internet Explorer or remote desktops that don’t support the new log-in method. Google now has security codes created using security keys for those scenarios.

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Two-factor authentication Stories May 7, 2019

[Update: Now generally available] All Android 7+ phones are now 2FA security keys for signing into Google

Last year at Cloud Next, Google announced its own Titan Security Key as part of a push to encourage two-step verification. These small devices fight phishing by requiring a physical confirmation that you are the one logging into an account. Google today announced that all Android 7+ phones can be used as security keys to sign into the company’s services.

Two-factor authentication Stories April 11, 2019

How to use your Android phone as a security key for your Google account

It’s not easy to keep our online lives secure, but Google is working to take some of the hassles out of it. Recently, the company announced that it would let users turn any Android Nougat smartphone into a security key for their Google account. Here’s how to do just that.

Two-factor authentication Stories March 26, 2019

Two-factor authentication is increasingly recommended to stay safe on the internet and defend accounts from phishing attacks. Google is updating its 2-Step Verification workflow so that browsers are now responsible for walking users through using USB and Bluetooth security keys.

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Two-factor authentication Stories March 14, 2019

G Suite admins can now disable two-factor authentication over texts, phone calls

Given today’s security threats, enabling two-factor authentication on all your accounts is highly encouraged. However, not all 2FA is the same, with the latest consensus being to ditch SMS for Security Keys. Google is now letting G Suite admins disable existing telephony options.

Two-factor authentication Stories February 11, 2019

Google Prompt gets a Material Theme look, currently in testing w/ some Android users

Two-factor authentication is something you should have enabled pretty much anywhere you can help it, and Google makes it pretty easy with Prompt. Now, it seems Google is testing out a new design for the Prompt interface with some Android users that implements Material Theme.

Two-factor authentication Stories July 23, 2018

Two-factor authentication is increasingly becoming a requirement to protect online accounts from phishing attacks. With methods ranging from SMS to prompts, one of the more secure forms involves Security Keys, with Google highlighting the success of rolling out these devices.

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Two-factor authentication Stories June 8, 2018

Several days ago, Google released a handful of videos discussing its “Advanced Protection Program” which just advises people to purchase and use Yubico security keys as a means of physical two-step authentication when logging into their accounts. But as it turns out, the Pixelbook’s power button can be used as a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) security key.

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Two-factor authentication Stories April 18, 2018

Last year, Google replaced SMS as the default 2-Step Verification method for users with device-based Prompts. Built into Android at a system-level, iOS users were instructed to install the Google app for two-factor authentication when logging in. To increase adoption, Google is now making 2SV available from the iOS Gmail app.

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Two-factor authentication Stories January 22, 2018

A Google engineer recently spoke at a conference and stated that only roughly 10 percent of all Google account holders have enabled two-factor authentication. That is a surprisingly low percentage of users not taking every step possible to protect their Google and email accounts.

Why haven’t you enabled two-step authentication on your Google account?

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Online security is an increasingly big deal in our day-to-day lives, and there are two easy methods of keeping our data secure. First, a strong password, and secondly, two-factor authentication. If used properly, these can do wonders for keeping your online data safe, but so few actually use them as they should…

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Two-factor authentication Stories October 18, 2017

Google defaulting from SMS to phone-based Prompt for new 2-Step Verification users

Last year, Google announced a new method for 2-Step Verification that is built into Android and available on iOS. The Google Prompt replaces the hackable SMS method and was recently updated to include more detailed information. Today, Google announced that the Prompt will become the default method for new sign-ups.

Two-factor authentication Stories July 14, 2017

Google Prompt revolutionized the way 2-step verification worked for many, adding a simple one-tap process to verify a new sign in from your smartphone (or watch). However, sometimes things are a bit too simple, lacking information that could make things better. Now, Google is revamping Prompt with more information, but the same simple method for signing in.

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Two-factor authentication Stories November 19, 2016

‘Google Prompt’ two-factor authentication now works on Android Wear devices for some

A few months ago Google introduced a new sign-in method for two-factor authentication users, “Google Prompt.” Rather than sending a code via SMS, Google would prompt users on a pre-selected smartphone whenever a sign-in is needed. Now, that’s expanding to Android Wear

Two-factor authentication Stories June 20, 2016

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Two-step verification is an absolute must to stay secure in this day and age and now Google has announced an easier method to approve sign-in requests on both Android and iOS. The new Google Prompt requires just a simple yes/no to approve a log-in and is built right into Android.

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Two-factor authentication Stories April 2, 2013

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Twilio, a voice and messaging API solution, announced a partnership with Google’s Cloud Platform today.

Twilio is the first of its kind to integrate with Google App Engine and give developers voice and messaging services for their apps with just a few lines of code, and its APIs are priced on a pay-per-use scale, as first noted by TechCrunch. Voice services like making calls, for instance, start at 2 cents per minute, and the ability to receive calls costs just $1 per phone number and 1 cent per minute.

“We’re very excited to partner with Google to be the first voice and messaging platform integrated with Google Cloud Platform,” explained Twilio on its blog, while also listing step-by-step instructions on how to register with Google App Engine, build a messaging app, etc.

Twilio’s SDK notably includes one-to-one voice and messaging, SIP support, in-app conference calling, group texting, two-factor authentication, phone numbers, and mobile app distribution. Hipmunk, for instance, uses Twilio’s distribution feature to supply users with a text message and link to download its app.

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