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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

By TechCrunch

April 15, 2019

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Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser, facilitating a standards-based second factor for access, similar to modern security keys.

In most two-factor authentication systems, the second factor is provided as a push notification or text message, or via an authentication app like the Google Authenticator; this carries the risk of someone intercepting those numbers, or phishing the user's account and using that second factor to log in.

Google is employing the same authentication standard with different hardware, ensuring the phishing safeguard remains intact when the user employs their phone as well.

The search giant says the protocol will work with all Android 7+ devices enabled for Bluetooth and location services.

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