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New Google prompt vastly simplifies two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is getting a stronger padlock to further secure your account.

Currently you can further secure your account by getting a code via text message (or phone call), or with a code from the Authenticator app. A new prompt adds a third option.

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Whenever you go to sign in somewhere new with your Google account, you’ll see a simple pop-up notice to approve or deny the request.

The feature will soon be native to devices through an update to Google Services. On , the approval prompt will come through the Google app. To flip this on for your account, head to the My Account page. Then, go to Sign-in & Security > Signing in to Google > 2-Step Verification. You’ll then be able to choose from among any active phones. You’ll get a test prompt to verify that everything works, then the Google prompt will be your default method. 

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The impact on you: Two-factor authentication is essentially a must-have feature to protect all that important data saved to your Google account. With this update, the sign-in process is much easier. It’s more secure than an SMS code (which has been subject to exploits) and is faster than launching the Google Authenticator app and typing in a code.

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