Google Chrome Android app is now used for two-step verification of new device connection: report
The Google Chrome Android app would now be used as a two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA) method to sign in to a new device. Until now, Google has offered several ways to verify a user, including Google prompts, voice or text messages, backup codes, and an authenticator app. Google Chrome now appears to be the latest addition to the list. It’s a bit different from Google’s quick notification method as it mentions a “nearby device” meaning it uses GPS to locate the user and the device.
According to a 9to5Google report, Chrome on Android is now used in 2SV to verify a user’s identity. The post notes that when they sign in to a laptop with your Google credentials, the user will receive a prompt on their phone asking if they’re trying to sign in – as is the case with Google prompts. usual – but the next step where the verification process takes a little while to verify that the user is actually using Chrome instead of Google Play services.
It appears that Google is using GPS to locate the user and the device it is trying to connect to because the prompt now says “Someone is trying to sign in to your account from a nearby device” – “nearby device” being the differentiator between this and the usual Google prompts. The report adds that Google uses cable (cloud-assisted Bluetooth Low Energy) and requires a user to be logged in through the same account and have Chrome Sync turned on.
This feature has yet to be rolled out on a wider basis and 9to5Google has claimed to have tested it on Chrome 93 beta on Android and Chrome version 92 for macOS.
2SV or 2FA adds another layer of security that goes beyond simply entering your password. It can protect your account in case someone else has access to your password by requiring an extra step to verify who is actually trying to log in.
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