Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your information safe. While the industry has traditionally used SMS or email to verify if you’re actually you, Google thinks there’s a better way.

Using a simple pop-up system, Google will begin notifying users of login attempts to their accounts. An invitation to try out the new system will begin rolling out next week, and users will be able to switch over if they so please. This system does require data, so though it is faster and more discrete than receiving a text message, it may not be the best option for those who don’t have access to internet all that often. That being said, it is much more secure, as it avoids the ability for hackers to potentially interpret SMS messages and respond in order to authenticate the login.

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Android users will be able to opt into the service seamlessly, but those who use iPhones will need to have the Google app installed for it to work.

Do you prefer this authentication system to SMS? Let us know in the comments.

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