With recent issues arising over the security of smartphones and other mobile devices, particularly Android gadgets, it comes as a welcome relief, I think, that the problem is now being taken seriously.
Called Google Authenticator, the app (which is available to download from the Android Market) places an extra layer of security on Google apps before they can be fired up.
As well as asking for a username and password, users will be asked to insert a verification code, which is generated by Google Authenticator. What’s more, you don’t need to be connected to the internet. There is also support for multiple accounts and there is support for multiple languages.
In order to use the app, I believe, you will have to enable the two-step verification on your Google account. You do this by visiting the settings page.
Whether or not this solves Google’s security issue, I am not sure. However, it is a step in the right direction.
In other news, I believe Google is moving into another area – computer language; more specifically web development language.
Up to now HTML has been the standard, but Google wants its new incarnation – Dart – to become an all-purpose programming language for Web development.
Just to be clear here, I’m not talking about a replacement for HTML that is used for creating web pages, but a programming language that can be used to create web-based applications.
Speaking with gcn.com, one of Google’s software engineers working on Dart said “[Dart is a] class-based optionally typed programming language for building Web applications.”
This is an interesting topic and one worth following.