In this era when we’re all looking for safety and security in the online, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and other tech giants recommend two-step verification for user accounts.
But while this is definitely safer than other forms of security out there, two-step verification can be particularly complicated to set up and to use. In response, Google has introduced a new prompt feature that will simplify the process, making it easier to sign-in on Android and iOS.
The new prompt feature will be available for both Android and iOS users; however, Google points out that iOS users will be required to install the Google Search app on their phone to benefit of the simplifying prompt.
For Android users, the feature will be available thanks to a Google Play Services update. According to the search giant, the new feature is on a gradual rollout schedule, which means that some users will take as long as 3 days to for feature visibility.
With the new feature, all users have to do is approve the prompt that will pop up on their screens to complete the two-step verification process and be able to sign in.
The prompt’s message saying, “Are you trying to sign-in?” will be followed by details of the device, such as the location of the device attempting to sign-in. The prompt message will allow two options – NO, to deny sign-in, and YES, to allow it.
Before the simplification feature, the two-step verification process allowed the sign-in only after the user either provided a security key or entered a verification code sent to the user by phone or email.
Google said that starting Monday, users can still opt for any of the three previous options – a confirmation SMS, a confirmation email, or a security key – in addition to the new prompt option (from their My Account page).
Accessing the options can be done through the Google app; navigate to My Account > Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > and enable 2-Step Verification.
The tech company says the Help Centre page will also be updated as soon as possible with detailed instructions. For now, users are not allowed to enable the Google prompt and the security keys at the same time.
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