Google makes its Android phones as Physical Security keys for added cybersecurity

Google, the America based internet juggernaut has made it official that it is going to use all it’s android version smartphones running on Android OS version 7 or above as physical security keys which offer 2-factor authentication for users to log into their respective accounts in a secure way.

Yes, you’ve read it right! In order to improve the security feature on its web services and engage users in a more secure mode of communication the Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary has announced its users need to have their physical devices on hand to be able to access the services in near future- a service in-line with FIDO authentication standard.

Actually, the beta version has already been rolled out from Monday this week where Google service users are being asked to approve the security code mirrored on to their web account and phone account on a simultaneous note. So, those who are not interested in buying a dongle can use just their phone to get into their respective accounts.

Thus, users are being promoted on their PC screens to connect their phones via Bluetooth to be able to use services such as G-Suite, Docs, Gmail, Cloud drive and others.

Nowadays, hackers are increasingly targeting email accounts to sneak into the data of users which later will be shared on the dark web or will be used for malevolent purposes in the future.

Google wants to put a check on these unauthorized logins made mostly through phishing attacks by advising its users to make their phone a physical security device.

It is also recommending Journalists, activists, business leaders, and political leaders to use the service to isolate themselves from targeted online attacks.

As of now, the tech giant will allow users to make a login into their Gmail accounts from any web browser. But in future, it might monopolize itself by allowing users to connect to its web services only through its official Chrome browser.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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