Google updates 2FA settings to use other “second pass methods” instead of phone

Google updates 2FA settings to use other “second pass methods” instead of phone
Google updates 2FA settings to use other “second pass methods” instead of phone

MADRID, May 7. (Portaltic/EP) –

Google has updated the configuration process of your two-factor authentication (2FA) system allowing you to directly add a “second step method” to the account, as is the case of a authentication application or hardware security keyinstead of entering the phone number.

2FA or two-step verification system (2SV), is a method that allows add an extra layer of security in the identification process at the time of sign in to an accountthus guaranteeing that the legitimate user is the only one who can access said account.

In the case of Google, the two-step verification system requires that, first, Users add their phone number to confirm access to their account by sending an SMS message with a code. After that, it allows you to implement other more secure methods such as ‘passkeys’ or 2FA.

Now, Google has updated two-factor authentication simplifying the setup processwhich enables directly use “second step methods” such as an authentication application or a hardware security key, before activating the 2SV system.

In this way, users will be able to choose to use other verification options directly, instead of having to resort to authentication by SMS messagewhich on some occasions may be less safe since, for example, the message can be intercepted.

As detailed by Google in a statement on its blog, this update will facilitate the use of two-factor authentication for those organizations and users who use Google Authenticator or any other equivalent one-time password app. However, these applications must be based on time (TOTP).

On the other hand, for those users who prefer to opt for a key hardware security, Google has explained that have two options to add them to your account, within the ‘Access keys and security keys’ page.

Thus, users will be able to register a FIDO1 credential in security key, that is, a key based on the standard that allows evaluating the security and interoperability of an authentication solution. Likewise, users will also be able to create a passcode by registering a FIDO2 credential in the security key.

Google has clarified that, with this update, in In case two-step verification is disabled, the data used for authentication, such as phone number or Google Authenticator, They will not be automatically removed from the account.

With all this, Google has indicated that it has begun to implement this update in the two-step verification method for all Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts.

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