Your Android phone's volume key can unlock your Google account

Your Android phone can now be used as a two-step verification key

Security keys offer one of the most secure authentication methods for logging into an account - it requires plugging in a physical key.

The Mountain View company will let you use any Android 7.0 Nougat phone or better, as these devices all have the required security key tech.

That means you will now be able to use your Android phone as an alternative to a physical security key and get added protection for your account. The same goes for your actual password, which is why you should absolutely buy a physical security key if you're anxious about hacks. or simply use what you already have in your pocket to protect your account.

The idea is you'll have to keep the phone close to the computer when verifying the sign-in process by following a few simple instructions, which will make account phishing practically impossible.

Users will have to activate the security key on their device before it works, and it's only compatible with Chrome browsers on Bluetooth-enabled Chrome OS, macOS X and Windows 10 devices.

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Choose your Android phone from the list of available devices and you're done!

You can sign in to access two-step verification settings at this link.

The next time you sign into your Google account with Chrome on a computer you don't normally use, Google will prompt you to bring out the phone you chose as your security key.

In order to use the feature, you'll need to keep in mind to have Bluetooth switched on both on your phone and on the computer you want to sign into.

This new option to Google's 2-step verification (2SV) is similar to the Titan security key that was introduced in the middle of a year ago.

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