Google Improves Security Key Support on iOS Devices

Google today announced native support for the W3C WebAuthn implementation for Google Accounts on Apple devices running iOS 13.3 and above, which improves the security key experience on iOS and allows more security key types to be used with Google accounts and Google's Advanced Protection Program.

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With the change, iOS users are able to use Google's Titan Security Keys with NFC, tapping the key on the back of the iPhone when signing in as a security measure.

Lightning or USB security keys like the YubiKey 5Ci can be used with Google accounts if you have an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. USB-C security keys can be plugged directly into iOS devices with a USB-C port, such as Apple's iPad Pro models.

Google says that it recommends users install the Smart Lock app to use Bluetooth security keys and the ‌iPhone‌'s built-in security key, as this provides a way for the ‌iPhone‌ to function as additional protection for a Google Account.

Google also recommends that Google users who are at higher risk of targeted attacks utilize security keys and enroll in its Advanced Protection Program, which is the feature that allows for extra account protection with physical security keys.

Using a physical security key provides more protection than two-factor verification because it requires you to have the physical key (or the ‌iPhone‌ Key with the Smart Lock app) to sign in to your Google accounts rather than just a digitally generated code.

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Top Rated Comments

1144557 Avatar
51 months ago

That seems a bit hyperbolic. Google's security isn't bad at all. Don't confuse security with data responsibility.
They earned that reputation with their privacy abuses of consumers. The trust is gone. Whether this is "good" or not itself isnt relevant to a lot of people as there are many competitors in this space with good track records like yubikey.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
51 months ago
Why do I feel confused here, anyone seriously concerned about security shouldn't use Google products.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gccumber Avatar
51 months ago

Why do I feel confused here, anyone seriously concerned about security shouldn't use Google products.
That seems a bit hyperbolic. Google's security isn't bad at all. Don't confuse security with data responsibility.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
[AUT] Thomas Avatar
51 months ago

Why do I feel confused here, anyone seriously concerned about security shouldn't use Google products.
Security != Privacy
Google pushes a lot of secure technologies, especially when it comes to web security... Without google most webpages would likely still be unencrypted...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Solomani Avatar
51 months ago

Why do I feel confused here, anyone seriously concerned about security shouldn't use Google products.
It's like hiring a veteran burglar to install the front door lock to your house? :cool:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thisisgrey Avatar
51 months ago
I trust google as much as much a si trust a Nigerian prince
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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