Ever since the redesigned Firefox for Android landed back in 2020, development has stalled a little. Mozilla has only added a few new features to the browser since, like improved tracking protection, a small interface lift, and improvements to HTTPS connections. Unfortunately, Firefox 92 doesn't change much about that. The latest version of Firefox is now rolling out to the Play Store, and it only brings a handful of features to the table.
Google has released Chrome 93 to the stable channel, and it should start to roll out to your phone and computer as we speak. We're in for quite a few changes, with Material You design elements, new flags to try, better cross-platform communication when it comes to SMS OTP codes, prettier (or at least more useful) windows for web apps, and much more. Here's a rundown of all the changes we spotted.
Last month we reported that an upcoming version of Google Messages will automatically delete all of those one time passwords and verification codes littering your text message inbox. Either someone at Truecaller was already working on that feature, or they lit a fire under their butts, because the latest version of the app does just that.
Google+ has left behind one heck of a contentious legacy, and either you still miss the platform to this day or you couldn't say goodbye quickly enough to the social network Google seemingly forced upon you. But no matter where your feelings for it lie, we can all agree that Google+ is dead and gone — right? Well, we just saw some surprising signs of it sticking around in the Phone app, and now we're looking into why you might be getting email warnings about some GooglePlusBot messing around with your accounts.
It's been more than a year since many of us got more acquainted with our webcams than we ever wanted to be. You've used the excess of personal time to invest in your personal health, right? Right? Well whether you have or haven't, keeping your health info to yourself is probably a good call. To that end, Fitbit now supports two-factor authentication (2FA) for its user accounts.
TeamViewer is among the most established remote support services that may have been a boon to your family during the pandemic — it helps remote into their computers to fix all of their tech problems. But remote computer or phone takeovers always come with inherent risks when bad actors are involved. To further secure the process, TeamViewer has introduced a 2-factor authentication option to allow or deny connections.
Your phone and its associated number are always with you, and only you, so it makes sense that a text message sent to you is a solid secondary method for authenticating a login. But savvy tech users know this method of verification is rife for exploitation: SIM jacking, SS7 attacks, and other hacking methods are now common. A recent investigation showed that it's possible to perform similar attacks with readily-available marketing tools, with the victim none the wiser.
If you're trying to take online safety seriously these days, there's no better way to keep your accounts protected than by turning to physical security keys. A few months ago, Twitter stepped up and added support for two-factor authentication keys on mobile devices, and now it's Facebook's turn to do the same. Beginning today, the company now allows users to register and use hardware security keys on Android and iOS.
Your online accounts are much safer when you rely on more than only a password, and that's where two-factor authentication (2FA) apps come in. You can use them to create an extra layer of security for your accounts, requiring you to enter a one-time password (OTP) in addition to your regular credentials when you log in. That prevents hackers from accessing your account with a stolen password only.
It's been a while since Google started dunking its apps in a bucket of dark-mode paint, and, as of today, most of them have received that treatment. With support for dark mode almost being the norm now, it's annoying to come across an odd app or some elements that don't follow it just yet. Google's 2FA prompt on Android is guilty of this, but it seems like redemption isn't far.