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One critical thing every Google user needs to have

One critical thing every Google user needs to have
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Google released its annual security report in April and revealed that over 420 million devices are at serious risk because Google had previously only released security patches for device versions 4.4.4 and up.

Since the report, Google took steps to increase user security by releasing a two-step verification and U2F Security Key feature to lock down your Google account. It also added another security feature aimed at suspicious device log-in activity.

Building on two-step verification, Google has now added on-screen security notifications to its operating system.

Google announced this new security feature on Monday and it's expected to roll out soon.  Users will now receive a notification every time their account is accessed on a new device. Apart from new devices, the on-screen security notifications will also alert users about any unusual activity.

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These notifications will also enable you to inspect any suspicious activity on your account by selecting “Review Account Activity”. This menu gives you general information such as what device has been added using your account, its location, and other details.

If the account activity isn’t something unusual, you can dismiss it, or quickly proceed to change the password. These notifications were previously delivered via email to the user’s account, but now users are more likely to check out the notification.

Depending on your phone and region, the on-screen security notifications feature will soon roll out for all devices.

This information comes just after the Android security team detailed two additional categories of high-level protections that will be rolling out soon. Click here to see what changes are being made to provide extra security to your devices.

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