Google revamps two-step verification

Users will be asked to click 'yes' or 'no' rather than having to enter a six-digit code when signing in

Google has announced it will be overhauling its complicated two-step verification sign in for people using its services on Android and iOS.

Instead of having to enter a six-digit code sent to their phone, users will be able to click either 'Yes, allow sign in' or 'No, deny sign in' to verify their identity when using a new device or when they are asked for verification.

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It is hoped that making this Google prompt process more simple will attract more people to set up two-step verification, making the whole Google suite of services more secure from hackers and other criminals who may otherwise be able to steal personal details and other information stored in your inbox.

"We know that security is one of your top concerns as a Google Apps admin and that many of you require your employees to turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) to keep their accounts safe," the company wrote in a blog post.

"There are multiple ways your end users can approve sign-in requests via 2SVby tapping a Security Key, by entering a verification code sent to their phone or, starting today, by approving a prompt...that will pop up on their phone."

The company said any of these options can be easily set up by employees to make the process of authenticating devices easier for them, so if they find this new method labourious, they can choose to use another process.

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For the new two-step authentication to work, there must be an active data connection and Google Security Keys cannot be enabled at the same time.

Google's update is available natively on Android devices via Google Play Services, while iOS users will need to download and install the Google Search app to use it.

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