Google just announced a new security feature that allows users of Android 7 and later to use their smartphones to authenticate themselves to their Google accounts.
The surprise announcement was buried inside a pile of enterprise-oriented enhancements revealed at Google Cloud Next 2019 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Released in beta, the feature is designed to protect Google users from phishing attacks. Once enabled, the user logs into their Google account using their username and password as normal before authenticating that their enrolled smartphone is present by clicking on a message that appears on the screen.
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