Your Android phone can now double as a security key

Google has announced that any smartphone running Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later can now be used as a hardware security key for two-factor authentication (2FA).

Available in beta at the moment, the new feature is intended to provide an additional authentication factor and keep Google account users safe from phishing scams and other attacks that attempt to steal people’s login credentials. It can be used to protect your personal Google accounts, as well as Google Cloud Accounts at work.

There are a few basic requirements for using your smartphone as a FIDO2-based security key beyond running Android 7.0 or newer. For one thing, your phone will need to have both Bluetooth and location services enabled. Additionally, you will need to have a Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X or Windows 10 computer and use Google Chrome.

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