Gemini has unveiled the hardware security key functionality for the mobile app, offering customers compatibility with devices like YubiKey for added security.
"Thanks to WebAuthn compatibility with the Gemini app, Gemini iOS and Android users can now use USB and near-field communication, or hardware security keys to securely access the mobile app," the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
The addition enhances two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication or 2FA offers extra security beyond a simple password login to the website. If enabled, 2FA requires a one-to-one code mobile device to log in to the site after a user enters their password. The code - a string of disposable numbers - comes from either a message or a third-party application, depending on its settings user.
There are other formats for 2FA that require the physical addition of a connection device, such as Yubico's YubiKey. Hardware keys serve as an approach to protection against hacking or SIM swapping.
Gemini and Yubico work together
The announcement also states that Gemini and Yubico collaborated. "Yubikeys provides a secure, cross-platform solution that you can use to access your Gemini account via the mobile app, as well as any other websites "which support WebAuthn," the statement said.
Gemini's main platform revealed compatibility of WebAuthn and Security Devices in May 2019.
Security is the key to encryption - an industry facing hacking attacks and data breaches.