Hacking instances have been on the rise in the last few years. This occurs mostly because of leaked passwords or some other security flaws. Google has increased its features when it comes to security. To increase the security of Google Account, the tech giant has added two-factor authentication (2FA) that adds an additional layer of security.
The company has added a feature as an extension of the 2FA that lets users use their Android smartphone as a security key for their Google Account. The feature works just like any other hardware security key that uses Bluetooth, NFC or USB to authenticate a login. Google has taken the same approach of using the Android smartphone as a hardware security key using Bluetooth.
Pre-requisites for using this feature:
- Android smartphone running Android Nougat 7 or above
- A Windows, macOS or Chrome OS device with Bluetooth connectivity
- Compatible browser such as Google Chrome
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use this feature:
Step 1: Enable the 2FA feature for Google Account. First, you need to activate the 2-Step Verification for Google Account. If it is already activated for your account, follow the next steps.
Step 2: Head to ‘myaccount.google.com/security’ on your PC or mobile device. Under Signing into Google, choose the option 2-Step Verification and enter the Google account password to verify the login.
Step 3: Scroll down to ‘Set up an alternative second step.’ Click on the option ‘Add Security Key’ and then select the Android device registered with that Google Account and click on the ‘Add’ button followed by the ‘Done’ button to save the changes. Make sure to turn on the Bluetooth and Location Services on your PC and Android device
Step 4: Turn on Bluetooth on both PC and smartphone, now login into your Google Account. Check your phone for notification and follow on-screen instructions to authenticate the login.