Earlier this year in February, Google completely overhauled its 2-Step Verification process (2-SV) so that you could more easily and securely sign into your Google account on any device. This update brought along an improved user-interface, the option to use Google’s 2-SV over an encrypted connection, and a feature called, “Google Prompt” that allows users to see in real-time who’s trying to log into their account and whether they want to confirm or deny access.
According to a new report from Google, any accounts that are using SMS as their primary method for 2-SV will get an invitation to the new Google Prompt setup. This invitation will allow SMS 2-SV users to get a quick preview of what Google Prompts have to offer by using flow rather than SMS, and from here, they can choose to either keep using SMS for 2-SV or ditch it to the curb.
In addition to being more convenient than using SMS verification methods, Google Prompts are also considerably more secure. Google Prompts are locked to your Google account rather than a phone number that’s receiving the SMS verification messages, and this allows Google Prompts to be less susceptible to fishing attempts, and more effective for businesses that want to properly implement mobile security policies.
If you’re someone using Security Keys for 2-SV, this is a change that will not affect you. Only accounts that are using 2-VS SMS will receive the invite to try out Google Prompts, and you’ll also need an active data connection in order for Google Prompts to work.
This latest rollout of Google Prompts for SMS 2-SV users will be rolling out next week.