Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to users’ Google Apps accounts by requiring them to enter a verification code in addition to their username and password when signing into their account. The two-step verification process prevents unauthorized access if someone obtains a user password.
In the past, users had the option of receiving a text message or phone call to obtain an authentication code. They could also use the search firm’s “Authenticator” mobile app to generate a time-sensitive numerical code to enter on their account’s login page.
The new method, which is being rolled out today, Tuesday June 21, will consist of a user with two-step authentication enabled receiving a notification from the Google search app, asking if they are trying to login. The user merely needs to tap on the “Yes, allow sign-in” option to authenticate the login.
The search giant notes the new option requires a data connection to work, and warns users it may take up to three days for the new feature to appear across all account pages.
To activate two-factor authentication, sign in to the “My Account” section and select “Google prompt” under “Sign-in & Security” -> “Signing in to Google” -> “2-Step Verification.”
If you don’t already have the Google app installed on your iOS device, you can download it for free via the App Store. [GET IT HERE]