Twitter Simplifies Account Verification
Twitter today streamlined the process for individuals seeking to verify their accounts. Users can now request a verified account through an online application. Twitter isn't handing out verified accounts to anyone. Interested users need to explain why their account should be verified as part of the application process. Verified accounts have typically been reserved for public figures, such as people in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, and business. Verified accounts, signified by a blue dot, have been authenticated as genuine.
Google Simplifies 2-Step Verification
Jun 21, 2016
Google has made it easier for people to setup and use two-step verification to protect their accounts. Google already allowed users to tap a Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.
Instagram Introduces New Security and Verification Tools
Aug 28, 2018
Instagram today said it has introduced three new features that are meant to help keep its one billion users safe. To start, a new "about this account" section will appear so people can see when other public accounts were created, where it is located, if the screen name has been changed, and what ad campaigns the account might be running.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Jun 1, 2016
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Google Testing Hands Free Mobile Payments
Mar 2, 2016
Google today announced a new pilot program that will allow people to pay for goods and services without taking their phone out of their pocket. Hands Free Payments relies on location data, WiFi, Bluetooth beacons, and other sensors to detect nearby participating stores.
Major Carriers Reveal Project Verify for App Sign-Ins
Sep 13, 2018
The nation's four largest network operators recently provided an update on the progress being made by the Mobile Authentication Taskforce. In September 2017, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless agreed to work together in order to build a better way for people to log-in to apps and other services with their phone.