Google turns Android smartphones into account security keys

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Announcing the feature at its Cloud Next conference, Google mentioned that the feature includes the same WebAuthn and FIDO APIs, used in company's Titan Security Key.

You'll need Bluetooth turned on on your phone in order for this to work, and just in case something goes wrong, it's also recommended that you have another security key as a backup.

Once the feature has been enabled, you will receive a prompt on your Android smartphone before logging in to a Google account from another device. Before, physical authentication keys were limited to dongles like Yubikey or Google's own Titan Security Key.

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Google said that once Android users have added their smartphone to their Google Account and enrolled in two-step verification, they can add their device as a security key in their two-step verification settings. If you did and want to allow the sign-in, the prompt on your phone will tell you to press and hold on volume down to approve.

As mentioned above, first you need a smartphone running Android 7 or newer. Tapping on the button will authenticate your login. Google also requires a ChromeOS/Mac/Windows 10 computer with Bluetooth, and a compatible browser (i.e. Chrome).

Establish a Bluetooth connection between your Android smartphone and PC. While that's definitely preferable to using no second verification step to log into your account, it's also pretty vulnerable to modern phishing attacks.

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Sign into your Google account.

Then visit the 2-Step Verification website on your computer and choose the "Add security key" button.

Now the service is only available on Android devices and at this time it can only be used to login to Google services such as Gmail, G Suite and Google Cloud.

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