Google’s Two Factor Authentication Made Easy
This week Google is making its two-factor authentication even easier for users after almost five years in use. It is introducing a new prompt that you can tap on your phone to approve login requests, unlike the previous one where users would have to enter a code manually they received via an authenticator app or via SMS. The new method is similar to the two-factor authentication on Twitter, it generates a notification that users accept from a phone and it approves the login attempt.
The new process of authentication works on both Android and iOS devices. It will need users to download Google app for iOS to enable the new feature for iPhones. You will need to opt-in to this new Google prompt by visiting the Google account page and navigating to Sign-in & Security > Signing into Google > 2-Step Verification.
It works on both Gmail and Google Apps accounts, once you enable the 2 Step Verification you’ll receive push notifications if you try to sign into a Google account. Unlike before you don’t need to provide those pesky codes anymore.
Multiple accounts can be supported through Android or the Google iOS app. Android users will need the latest Google Play Services to use Google prompt, though you can’t enable the prompt and Security Keys on a single account presently.