Security keys provide users with a physical way to secure their online accounts and now Google is making it even easier use them on iOS devices.
As the result of a new change that enables native support for W3C WebAuthn implementation for Google accounts on Apple devices, users with devices running iOS 13.3 and above will now be able to use the company’s Titan Security Key to secure their work and personal accounts.
Since Google’s USB-A and Bluetooth Titan Security Keys both have NFC functionality, iPhone users will be able to tap the back of their devices to easily sign in to their online accounts. Lighting security keys such as the YubiKey 5Ci can also be used to secure iOS users’ Google accounts and if you have a Lighting to USB Camera Adapter, you can even use any USB security key. Additionally, USB-C security keys can now be plugged directly into iOS devices that have a USB-C port such as the iPad Pro.
In order to manage your security keys, Google recommends that users install its Smart Lock app. The app also allows you to use your iPhone as an additional security key for your Google Account.
Advanced Protection Program
Google is also making it easier for iOS users to enroll in its Advanced Protection Program. The company highly recommends that users at a higher risk of targeted attacks such as politicians, journalists and activists enroll in the program to further protect their Google accounts.
In fact, the Defending Digital Campaigns is currently offering free Titan Security Keys for those working for political committees in the US.
By using a security key and enrolling in the Advanced Protection Program, you can rest easy knowing that your Google account will be safe from phishing and other online threats.