Google brings iPhone support for an important security feature

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Still, it won't do much to protect your account if the person trying to log in also has access to your phone, but it's still an upgrade.

Google's Smart Lock app for iOS has been updated so that it can act as a security key for logging into accounts that require two-factor authentication. First, it only works in Google Chrome, and you must have Bluetooth on both your iPhone and computer.

This comes after Google also made using the security key built-in Android phones running Android 7.0+ (Nougat) generally available last year, and previously allowing iOS users to verify sign-ins into Google and Google Cloud services with the help of Android phones set up as security keys.

Unlike other two-factor authentication (2FA) methods that try to verify your sign-in, security keys are built with FIDO standards that provide the strongest protection against automated bots, bulk phishing attacks, and targeted phishing attacks.

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When you're updated to the latest version of the app (version 1.6), you can select the option to "Set up your phone's built-in security key". How do you feel about this change, should Google still give users control over notifications for app updates?

This means that iPhone users can now be part of Google's Advanced Protection Program - the company's security for those who're at significant risk of a breach online, such as journalists and politicians - without having to purchase separate security keys.

Indeed, I was able to sign up my personal and work accounts onto the program just with phones alone. We've also refreshed the app's design to make it easier to use.

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