Authentication online can be difficult, especially when there are so many individuals trying to impersonate your identity. Your account at your bank, email, and message boards are all at risk. Simply relying on a password can be risky since it’s not too hard to brute force a password with a modern computer. Just trying every combination will yield a success at some point.
Today online security uses two forms of security; pairing something you have with something you know. You know the password, but it can be easy for others to know that as well. To prove it’s you, there’s a second step. That can be as easy as getting a text message to your phone with a temporary security code. You’re the only one with your phone. This two-step verification is something many companies now use, and it’s something you should enable if you haven’t done it.
To make the process more seamless, Google is adding a new visual prompt that can appear on user’s phones after entering their password. It does away with the need for a security code by making the process easier: are you logging into this computer or not? It should make security much more approachable, meaning more companies and users start using it.
This is currently only available for Google Apps customers, businesses that pay to get official support for Gmail, Google Drive, and other apps suitable for business use.