NOW iOS users can use their phone to secure their Google accounts using the newly updated Smart Lock app. Using the iPhone’s built-in Secure Enclave, Google can authenticate you via your device wirelessly and unlock your Google account. Paired with your username and password, of course.
Secure Enclave is a feature found on Apple’s A-Series chips. It was first introduced on the iPhone 5s. This is where the Touch ID, Face ID, and other cryptographic data is stored.
The app also uses Bluetooth connection to ensure that you are who you say you are and not some remote hacker.
According to the Smart Lock’s What’s New blurb on the Apple App Store: “With this new update, you can now set up your phone’s built-in security key, the best second factor protection for your Google account. We’ve also refreshed the app’s design to make it easier to use,” says the news release.
Smart Lock is a form of two-factor authentication. It adds an additional “what you have” layer to the standard “who you are” (username), and “what you know” (password) level of security. Of course, this solution is far more secure than SMS-based authentication.