The new Google Smart Lock app enables iPhone users to use their device as a physical 2-factor-authentification key, making it impossible for hackers to access your Google account without physical possession of your phone.
Last year, in the US 97% of consumers spending in the top 250 iOS apps was Subscription-based, while 94% of these apps used subscriptions.
So if hackers ever want to hijack your account, they'll need to physically come and steal your security key.
G Suite for enterprise customers have missed out on being able to utilize their phones as security keys, but today's update will let them to do so. By offering Android and iPhone/iPad users the option to use their devices as a security key, Google is making it easier for users to enroll into APP.
Users who open the iOS app will be prompted to use their iPhone as a security key, then will be taught how to set the device up. It acts as an additional layer of security to an account password, and often comes in the form of a text message with a code.
Google has always been an advocate for effective two-factor security for its accounts, and given they hold so much personal information, that's a great thing.
After activating this, you are also recommended registering a backup security key to your account, just in case you lose your phone.
Google Play Protect dropped 1,700 applications from the Play Store after detecting that "Joker" was altering the bill of several users.
"Security keys use public-key cryptography to verify your identity and URL of the login page, so that an attacker can't access your account even if they have your username or password".
Google PlayStore was affected with a glitch last month which prevented some new apps on the store from appearing in search, the bug was only showing related search results when searching for new apps despite being live on the PlayStore.