Security keys provide the strongest form of two-factor authentication or 2FA (also known as 2-Step Verification) to help protect your account against phishing.
Google is now allowing you to enroll 2FA security keys from web browsers. Google is making it easier to enroll security keys on Android and macOS devices by making it possible to use additional web browsers to initially register the security keys to your account. By making it easier to register security keys, users will be able to take advantage of the protection they offer.
Now, you can register security keys on macOS devices using Safari (v. 13.0.4 and up) and Android devices running Android 7.0 “N” and up using the Google Chrome web browser (version 70 and up).
This will work for security keys registered independently, as well as those registered when a user signs up for the Advanced Protection Program for the enterprise. This feature is available now for all users.
What is Security Keys?
Security keys are the most secure form of 2-step verification and protect against phishing threats. Users typically insert this physical key into a USB port on a computer. When prompted, a user touches the key. With Android mobile devices, a user taps the security key on their Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled device. You can also find USB and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) options for Android devices. Apple mobile devices need Bluetooth-enabled security keys.