Google Mandates Two-Step Verification
Google will begin enrolling users in two-factor authentication by default to improve device protection and privacy.
Enabling two-factor authentication on your Facebook, WhatsApp, and Google accounts is the only way to defend yourself from phishing attacks. If users’ accounts are correctly installed, Google will automatically enrol them in two-step authentication.
Google Have Mandate Two-Step Verification
Google revealed on Thursday that if users’ accounts are properly installed, it will begin automatically enrolling them in two-step authentication.
According to a blog post published by Google on Thursday, users will have to make two moves to sign up for their Google accounts. “Today, we ask users who have signed up for two-step authentication (2SV) to ensure it’s really them by tapping a Google prompt on their phone any time they log in.
If users’ accounts are properly installed, we’ll start enrolling them in 2SV automatically soon. (You can use our Security Checkup to see how your account is doing.) In a Google blog post, Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, said, “Using their mobile device to sign in offers users a better and more reliable authentication experience than passwords alone.”
Google needs more people to sign up for the two-step authentication process in honour of World Password Day. Google will begin issuing enrollment reminders to its two billion Gmail customers, but it will quickly begin connecting users to the two-step authentication process.
If you enable this, anybody with physical access to your laptop will be able to log in to your Google accounts. And if the individual has your username and password, he will be unable to access your account. You will receive a code on your phone via SMS, voice message, or the Google app when you sign in to your Gmail account and enrol for the 2SV.
In the biog, Google also stated that it has integrated security keys directly into Android devices and released a Google Smart Lock app for iOS, allowing users to use their phones as a secondary authentication method.
Since most users use the same password for all of their accounts, Google wishes to remove the use of passwords entirely. However, Google’s recently released features such as Password Import, Password Manager, and Security Checkup would help reduce passwords’ distribution across the internet.
Google announced earlier this year that two-factor authentication would be enabled by default for all accounts. Now, Google is implementing the regulation, which will automatically enrol around 150 million Google accounts in two-factor authentication. The first wave of accounts that have been correctly set up is presently being processed. Users will get an email from the corporation on November 9th alerting them that 2-step verification will automatically be enabled on their account.
Only accounts that have not yet signed up for two-factor authentication will be affected. Google claims that accounts that are “properly setup” will be automatically enrolled. This implies that accounts with a phone number or a recovery email will be secured automatically by two-factor authentication.
For the time being, the Two-Step Verification process is not mandatory for all Google users. In certain organisations, Google appears to transfer users to the Two-Step Verification method. As a result, some users’ accounts may have Two-Step Verification deactivated. However, this does not rule out the possibility that these users have access to it. Users who wish to use the Two-Step Verification method to provide extra protection to their accounts may do so by going to their Google accounts and manually enabling the functionality.
Google’s security will be enhanced as a result of this. Two-factor authentication has become the de facto standard for all extremely sensitive digital platforms worldwide.