Google is taking an important step to ensure the online safety of its users on World Password Day. The company knows that passwords alone are not enough to protect its accounts today. Therefore, it will enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users by default in the near future.
In an official blog post, Google says that “Start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are set up correctly” soon. 2SV here stands for two-step verification, which is what Google calls its two-factor authentication system.
The company did not elaborate on what it means to configure properly. But we assume that if you have an Android phone linked to your Google account or an iPhone with the Google Smart Lock app (Free), then you can easily log into your accounts without your password.
Once two-factor authentication is enabled, you will see a message on your smartphone to verify that you are trying to log into your Google account. “Using your mobile device to log in gives people a more secure authentication experience than passwords.” says Mark Risher, director of product management, identity and user security at a official blog post.
In addition to using your smartphone as a two-factor authentication device, you can now also use physical security keys to further protect your Google account. You can also disable two-factor authentication, but we recommend that you don’t. With the increase in online data breaches and account hacks, we suggest that you strengthen the security of your account.
To protect your private data, we suggest you check if your password has been leaked in any online data breach, reset your password, set up two-factor authentication on all your accounts, and use password management apps for added security. Also, we suggest that you do not use weak passwords that are easy to crack and gain access to your account.
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