How Google plans to use mobile devices to counter phishing attacks


Intensify efforts to counter Phishing attacks, Google plans to use android and iOS devices, as well as physical security keys. The tech giant said it will implement security key functionality as its own security key Titan in mobile devices, where those devices will use Bluetooth to verify that they are near the device the user wants to connect to.
“Like physical security keys, this helps prevent a remote attacker from tricking you into approving a login on their browser, giving us an extra layer of security against the kind of ‘person-in-the-middle’ attacks that can always work against SMS or Google Prompt,” Google engineer Daniel Margolis said in a blog post. He added that the company would be rolling out the technology to more places over the next two months.
The tech giant will also expand the types of Google Prompt challenges that users can see for failed and/or suspicious sign-in attempts. Therefore, there will be a new Google Prompt challenge where users will need to connect their mobile devices to the same Wi-Fi network as the device they are trying to connect to. Google also plans to strengthen phishing protections for its Google Suite apps such as DocumentsSheets and Slides.


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