Google wants you to stop using its SMS two-factor sign-in

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Anyone who uses SMS for two-step verification will soon see an invitation to try Google prompts when they sign in.


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Starting next week, Google will make a significant step towards moving users off two-step verification sign-in delivered by SMS.

Google has continued to support SMS for two-factor authentication despite the National Institute of Standards and Technology last year deprecating it from its preferred list of out-of-band authentication methods.

The main reason for deprecating SMS is that it isn’t safe. An attacker could, for example, con a mobile network operator to redirect the SMS to their phone. There are also numerous malicious…

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