Google has expanded the way users can add two-factor hardware security keys (2FA) to their Google account.
Previously, if you wanted to add a security key like Google’s Titan key, you had to use a computer and, in some cases, the Google Chrome web browser. This is no longer the case.
As noted in a recent blog post, Android users can now use Chrome to add a security key by going to the security settings section of their Google Account (or by clicking here). Note that you will need to press the “Two-step verification” button and, depending on your current settings, press “Choose another option” and choose “Security key” from the list. In addition, if you already have a security key attached to your account, you will not see the option to add one.
The feature is also available in Canada, and I was able to add a security key using a Pixel 4. However, your mileage may vary by region and device. In addition, you will need a phone running Android 7.0 Nougat or later as well as Chrome version 70 or later. Finally, your phone will need to support the security key mechanism you choose (NFC, Bluetooth or USB OTG).
Along with the additional support on Android, Google now allows macOS users to save keys using Safari now instead of forcing them to use Google Chrome. For Safari users who depend on Google services, this is a welcome addition.
Overall, this is a good change, especially since the extension of security features makes it easier for users to adopt them. Also, since passwords and traditional 2FA methods like getting an SMS code are just not as secure, adding a hardware key is a great way to enhance online security .
You can read more about the change here.
Source: Google Via: Android Police