Google Introduces 'Find Your Phone'

owilson - June 1, 2016 - 02:08 PM

Google Introduces 'Find Your Phone'

Google has made big changes to its My Account service with improved customer security in mind.

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(CCM) — Google is celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of its My Account service with big improvements to customer privacy. On Wednesday, Guemmy Kim, Product Manager at Google, announced the introduction of three new features via the company's official blog. The first and biggest addition is the Find Your Phone feature, which enables users to locate, lock, and call a lost phone as well as secure any accounts and leave a callback number on the phone's screen. The feature is available for both iOS and Android devices. Google has future plans to include the ability to simply search "I lost my phone" in order to access the service, but it is not yet possible. The company has also rolled out the option to access the My Account service via voice command, available in English with expanded language settings to come. The company also hopes to make My Account accessible by Google search, providing users with a shortcut to the service when they search their name.

This effort to improve user security comes at the same time that Google is in talks to get rid of password requirements completely. Last month, reports surfaced that the tech giant had hopes of replacing "second-factor authentication" with Project Abacus, an initiative that aims to use biometrics to identify users. The project is already in testing with dozens of universities.

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