Google account security

We can not discuss the importance of online security and good password habits enough, and today Google has given us a fantastic reason to discuss it again. In this morning’s blog post, Google announced they are adding yet another method for 2 Factor Authentication to your Google Accounts, called simply “Google Prompt”.

The enrollment process is simple, just got to you My Account page, select Sign-in & Security, and then 2-Step Verification. From there you will have the option to enable:

  • Google Prompt (the new option)
  • Authenticator app
  • Voice or text message
  • Backup codes
  • Security Key

Select Google Prompt and you will be walked through the setup process. Just a heads up, if you already have a security Key device yu can not add a Google Prompt at the moment.

Once set up, every time you log onto a new PC or device you will get this prompt. You can add multiple devices to your Google Prompt device list if you have multiple devices. google recommends that you only enable devices with screen lock protection.

A few words of caution, for this, to work you device (both Android or iOS) needs to have an active data connection, so if you are going to use this we recommend have at least one backup option available.

The new service is rolling out to all accounts now and could take a few days for everyone to get it. If you have a Google Apps account your Apps administrator will need to enable 2-FA for you to be able to use it.

That’s it. If you haven’t secured you account go do it now, and if you haven’t read our primer on how to stay secure online, read that was well. With all of the recent leaks, breaches and hacks the time to get secure online is now.

Are your accounts secure? Share you best security tips below.

Source: Google.
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Anthonaut
Anthonaut
4 years ago

What good is a prompt on your phone as a backup option “if you don’t have your phone with you”?

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  Anthonaut
4 years ago

One of the components of strong security is “something you have”, like a physical token, digital key or mobile phone.

This type of security uses this air gaped physical object. Yes without it you can be stuck. there are other options and emergency backups

virduk
virduk
4 years ago

Too bad you can’t use it with things like paypal and the banks.

Alex Milev
Alex Milev
4 years ago

Hasn’t this been a feature for a while?

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  Alex Milev
4 years ago

2 factor authentication has been but this method of an on device notification is new

Jesse Moreno
Jesse Moreno
Reply to  Duncan_J
4 years ago

Not trying to sound elitist but I am also puzzled at this as I have had it for a while now, too. Not sure why?

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Jesse Moreno
4 years ago

Not this way. 2FA has been around for a while yes, but this is new AND it’s easier.

aaricku
aaricku
4 years ago

Finally. Azure Authenticator had this for awhile already. Took them long enough.

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  aaricku
4 years ago

I didn’t notice an android wear acceptance option, and considering their suggestion of having a screen lock I would suggest they may not include one? However if you don’t have a screen lock, perhaps it will work.

aaricku
aaricku
Reply to  Duncan_J
4 years ago

That’s annoying..their own wear platform and no support..I’m sure they could secure it somehow even on the watch..it doesn’t even prompt me for a screen lock when i have my wear as a trusted device, disabling the screen lock..

craigo
4 years ago

Very, very cool. Just added my phone. Too easy.

Thanks for the article.

Duncan_J
Duncan_J
Reply to  craigo
4 years ago

Thanks for reading 🙂