Two-factor authentication is a great way of securing your online accounts. Its use has grown immensely in the past few years as many people moved online and hackers grew dangerous.
This extra layer of security usually means that someone will not be able to login to your email even if they have your password since the code will be sent to your phone via SMS or via a notification.
Google wants to shake things up a bit and wants to default using phone notifications entirely starting early next month on July 7.
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How phone prompts work
When you try to sign in your account elsewhere, Google sends a “Trying to sign in?” prompt to an eligible mobile device where you are already signed in. The screen provides you with some basic info like when and where your password was entered. Then below that is an option to approve or reject the sign in.
The main reason for the change is, phone notifications prove to be more secure than SMS codes. Besides, phone notifications are more convenient since these prompts are instant and remove the hassle of dealing with SMS codes.
All you need to do is tap on a button on your phone, for example, and you will be automatically logged in on your email via PC.
The new changes will be implemented starting July 7 to all users. However, those already using security keys as their 2SV method of choice will be exempted.