Google is making two-factor authentication much easier on Android

Over the past few years, many online services and apps have introduced two-factor authentication (2FA) in order to enhance their security. This is done by adding a second layer of verification when logging into an account, typically by sending an SMS containing a code to a specified phone number.

However, the process can be a bit more cumbersome if the user is logging in using a smartphone, as it may require switching between apps or expanding the notification to reveal the code.

Many services already work around this slight inconvenience by requesting access to the user's text history and automatically retrieving the code once the message is received. However, Google is now offering a one-size-fits-all solution, provided that the security code is sent through SMS.

Before the update (left) and after the update (right) | Image credit: The Verge

In an update to Android Messages, which is gradually being rolled out, the company is adding a quick action that allows users to copy security codes from texts with a single tap. The new feature, while relatively minor, should make two-factor authentication a lot easier for many users.

Google has previously tried to push 2FA users to its Google Prompt service instead due to security concerns, but it seems the company hasn't forgotten about those who prefer sticking to the more traditional SMS verification. The update might not yet be available for everyone, but there are already APK files available around the internet for those interested.

Source: The Verge

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