Cyber-attacks are unnerving issues that demand a more secure sheath to save from hijacking a susceptible system. Two-step verification (also known as two-factor authentication) is a useful measure which adds a layer of security to safeguard digital information of a user. Google in an attempt to simplify the two-step verification rolled out a feature for its online services called Google Prompt last year.
The feature basically doesn’t require to put an SMS code. Instead it has been replace by a simple push notification that users receive on their mobile devices. When users type in their user name and password on any ‘Google service’, they receive a notification on their phones and all they are needed is to tap “Yes” to sign in.
While this enables easier sign-in many still opt for the SMS ‘route’. However, the Internet search giant now seems to be making effort to shift users from SMS-based verification to Google Prompt.
Beginning next week, two-step (2-SV) verification SMS users will see an invitation to try out Google Prompts when they try to sign in. The 2-SV SMS users will let users preview the new prompts, and afterwards, choose whether to keep it enabled or ‘opt-out’.
Google in its blog post noted that the reason behind urging users to shift from SMS two-step verification to prompt is due to the fact that text messages and one-time codes are more susceptible to phishing attempts by attackers. “By relying on account authentication instead of SMS, administrators can be sure that their mobile policies will be enforced on the device and authentication is happening through an encrypted connection,” the company said in its blog post.
Evidently Google in February this year revamped these prompts to show more information about the device attempting to sign in to a user’s account for instance device name, location, IP address etc. For those who want or wish to enroll into Google Prompt can do so by going to the Google account settings and select two-step verification option. The feature is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms.