While everyone knows they should be using two-step verification to secure their devices, the process is tedious enough that most don’t bother. However, Google’s just released a new way to verify your identity which is rolling out today on all Google apps.
Google Prompt is a pop-up window that will appear on an approved device to confirm you are trying to log in. Just tap “Yes” to verify your I.D. and “No” to block the attempted login.
Google made the announcement in a post on the company blog where it was also outlined how to enable this feature. After opening the My Account section of a Google Account, users must select Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification, and then select the device on which they want to receive the prompt.
Google also wrote in its post that this feature only works with a data connection and currently cannot be used while Security key is activated. iOS users can also take advantage of this feature as long as they have the Google Search app. Android users will need updated Google Play Services to use Google Prompt.
Several data breaches have taken place as of late which have encouraged users to take advantage of two-step identification processes. The most recent hack saw 300 million Twitter accounts potentially stolen.