IPhone can now secure your Google Account

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Android users were able to do this for a while, but now iPhone owners can join the party as well.

It works pretty much like two-factor authentication, only without you having to receive a text message.

When logging into Google on a new device, iPhone users typically have to verify the log-in with an old-fashioned and less secure method of two-factor authentication.

This couldn't have come at a better time given that, according to a recent study conducted by Google and The Harris Poll, 74% out of 500 high-risk US users surveyed - including politicians, activists, executives, and influencers - reported being targeted or compromised by a phishing attack. And yes, it only protects your Google Account, of course. The publication earlier today reported on a number of threads on Reddit about users not seeing any notifications after apps were automatically updated.

Visit myaccount.google.com/security using a supported browser, like Chrome.

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"This is another smart incremental step from the Google team that is doing more than anybody to make a password-free future possible", Stamos tweeted.

Sign in to your Google Account on a Chrome OS (version 79 and above), iOS, macOS, or Windows 10 device.

In May 2019, Google made it possible to exchange the physical security key with one's Android device.

Google has provided this helpful guide on how to set up one's phone's built-in security key and use it. Bluetooth-enabled iPhones and Android devices act as an alternative to plugging in a physical key - something required at some security-minded companies - allowing Google to only send over a login prompt if the phone is physically near the device trying to access the account. Given recent and upcoming events, it feels that Google accounts are prime targets for hacking.

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