After launching last week their new Backup and Sync app for Macs and Windows PCs, Google now announced that it wants to simplify and strengthen the 2-step verification process for users’ accounts.
Starting this week, Google will send invitations to users who opted in for the 2-step verification method with SMS (Short Message Service) to try a new, simplified, and more secure Google prompt the next time they sign into their accounts. Instead of receiving an SMS, users can preview the new Google prompt sign in flow, which they can leave it enabled by default or return to the SMS-based one.
“Overall, this is being done because SMS text message verifications and one-time codes are more susceptible to phishing attempts by attackers,” said Google. “By relying on account authentication instead of SMS, administrators can be sure that thei… (read more)

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