Google will soon automatically enroll its users in two-factor authentication or two-step verification (2SV).
The feature is currently offered by the software giant to its users as an option, but the search giant says the new move is aimed at increasing security as passwords are the single biggest threat to online security.
One of the best ways to protect your online accounts is to have a second form of verification in place as this allows them to confirm that it is really you trying to log in.
Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security at Google, posted in a blog “You may not realize it, but passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security – they’re easy to steal, they’re hard to remember, and managing them is tedious. Many people believe that a password should be as long and complicated as possible – but in many cases, this can actually increase the security risk.”
He added, “Complicated passwords tempt users into using them for more than one account; in fact, 66% of Americans admit to using the same password across multiple sites, which makes all those accounts vulnerable if anyone falls.” Google’s 2SV already exists and can be activated optionally. But the search giant will make activating the feature mandatory at an unspecified date in the future.
It is all part of Google`s “a future where one day you won’t need a password at all,” Google advises customers to go through the company’s quick security checkup to ensure their settings and account protections are where they should be.
Google’s password manager is entirely free to use and one of the best things about it is the fact that its integrated into the company’s single-click Security Checkup which can tell you if any of your passwords have been compromised or involved in a data breach.