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Google’s 89,000+ employees have had zero phishing incidents since switching to hardware security keys in 2017

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Phishing attacks are deceptively successful against less experienced users, but even those that consider themselves reasonably technical can occasionally fall prey to the simple approach. According to a recent report by Krebs on Security, Google and its employees aren't among the 76% of businesses that have been victims of phishing attacks in the last year. In fact, not one of the company's employees work accounts been successfully phished since 2017, thanks to hardware 2FA security keys.

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Google’s 89,000+ employees have had zero phishing incidents since switching to hardware security keys in 2017 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages 3.2 adds 2FA code copy shortcuts [APK Download]

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Two-factor authentication is a great way to make your accounts more secure, but using SMS messages for the codes is a bit of a hassle: request code, switch apps, copy code, switch apps, paste code (or read and remember the code, but what is this, the 1840s?). Android Messages has a new trick that makes the process a little easier: it now parses 2FA codes from texts and presents the option to copy them with a single tap.

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Android Messages 3.2 adds 2FA code copy shortcuts [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

G Suite admins can now adjust web session durations, force 2FA prompts for every login

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By default, G Suite web sessions are automatically signed out of after two weeks. But to better tailor to each company, Google is now allowing G Suite admins to specify a more precise session length from a dropdown list. Additionally, admins can also now force two-factor authentication prompts to pop up on every sign-in for better security.

Admins can now select durations from as little as one hour all the way to infinite (no automatic sign-outs).

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G Suite admins can now adjust web session durations, force 2FA prompts for every login was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile reveal details about ‘next-generation’ two-factor authentication

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

It has been proven time and time again that using SMS for two-factor authentication isn't very secure. While it's certainly better than having no 2FA at all, working around it only takes someone fooling a carrier into sending them a SIM card meant for you. Likely due to so many of these accidents occurring, all major US carriers began working to improve mobile 2FA last year.

The 'Mobile Authentication Taskforce' today revealed details about the upcoming platform.

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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile reveal details about 'next-generation' two-factor authentication was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now in stable] Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The internet is a dangerous place, and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to keep your accounts secure. It's a real pain to manage, though. Authy makes 2FA slightly less annoying, and it's getting a long-awaited feature today in the beta. You can now secure the app with a fingerprint.

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[Update: Now in stable] Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LastPass’ 2FA Authenticator app found to be partially insecure, fix incoming

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

A few days back it was revealed by a security researcher in a post on Medium that the LastPass Authenticator app for 2FA key generation wasn't entirely secure. Access to the keys was ostensibly secured by a PIN/fingerprint, but a workaround was found that allows anyone with the ability to launch an activity on the device, including other installed applications, to access those codes. LastPass has fixed this problem in an update today.

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LastPass' 2FA Authenticator app found to be partially insecure, fix incoming was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter can finally do two-factor authentication without SMS

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

In this age of data breaches and keylogging malware, passwords might not be enough to secure your accounts. That's where two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play. These single-use codes can keep your data safe, but not all services support 2FA in the standard way. Case in point, Twitter sends a text message for 2FA codes even after you set up an authentication app. So annoying, but you can finally turn SMS off.

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Twitter can finally do two-factor authentication without SMS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The internet is a dangerous place, and two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to keep your accounts secure. It's a real pain to manage, though. Authy makes 2FA slightly less annoying, and it's getting a long-awaited feature today in the beta. You can now secure the app with a fingerprint.

Authy is a handy way to manage your 2FA codes because it syncs between devices. The tokens are backed up in the cloud, but they're encrypted.

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Authy adds fingerprint support for app protection in latest beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Authenticator v5.0 adds USB security key support to Chrome and makes copying codes easier [APK Download]

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Google Authenticator is one of many two-factor authentication apps available for Android. While Google's attention is more focused on phone login prompts, Authenticator remains a popular choice for having all your 2FA codes for all your accounts in one place. The app has now been updated to v5.0, with a few useful additions in store.

The first new feature is experimental support for USB security keys (FIDO U2F) in Chrome. In other words, once you install the update, you should be able to use Yubikeys and similar devices to login to websites through Chrome (as well as Chrome Custom Tabs/WebViews).

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Google Authenticator v5.0 adds USB security key support to Chrome and makes copying codes easier [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Yubico’s new $60 YubiKey 4C Nano is insanely small and uses USB Type-C

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

We're putting USB Type-C connectors on everything these days: phones, tablets, laptops, accessories - you name it. The latest USB-C product on the market comes in the form of the YubiKey 4C Nano, an astonishingly tiny authentication key that retails for $60. If you've got a laptop with a USB-C port and like to have additional security, this is absolutely worth taking a look at.

Yubico already sells a USB-C-equipped key called the YubiKey 4C, but it's enormous compared to the new Nano, and it doesn't look like it'd be particularly practical to carry around on something like a laptop.

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Yubico's new $60 YubiKey 4C Nano is insanely small and uses USB Type-C was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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