Google has created a new way for iPhone users to log in to the in-house services via 2 factor authentication. Users can register their iPhone as an independent security key using the Google Smart Lock app, so that the Apple smartphone can be used in Google services in a similar way to a USB security key. The app uses the biometric unlocking method of the respective iPhone for authentication.
More Security For 2 Factor Authentication
The authentication method newly introduced in Google Smart Lock for iOS differs from classic 2 factor options such as sending SMS or PIN codes sent through online service. Instead of sending a security code to the respective iPhone; Google recognizes the smartphone as an independent security key. No data is sent over the Internet – as an advantage over many other methods, there is no risk of phishing. The user only has to identify himself by fingerprint or facial scan.
The new security feature has been available since the latest update for Google Smart Lock. It can be used for all Google services. The possibility of setting up as a security key has been available for Android devices for a long time. After users have deposited their Google account in the application, they can use their iPhone securely. Authentication works via Bluetooth, so the iPhone must be close to the computer on which Google services are set up. So far, the authentication method only works via Google’s Chrome browser.
Google Smart Lock Sets Up The Account To Unlock iPhone
A login is only possible if your smartphone is nearby and confirmed accordingly. The prerequisite for this is the Google Smart Lock, which received the necessary update yesterday. In this app you can then set up your Google account so that it can be unlocked with a smartphone nearby. Important: The whole thing only works if you also use Google Chrome as a browser.
Of course, the whole thing only makes sense if you deactivate old methods, such as clicking in the app – because otherwise an attacker who knows the name and password could somehow phish the 2FA code. Google suggests unlocking using the iPhone security key after setting up, but you could fall back on old, previously set up 2FA options if you do not deactivate them.