Google will start pushing more Gmail and Google account users to turn on two-step verification, one extra layer of security that can protect people when your credentials have been spoofed or exposed through a data breach.
Taking advantage of the fact that today, May 6, it's "World Passwords Day" (and many companies to announce news to motivate users to better protect their computers), Google has spoken of its intention to encourage more people to activate two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication. It is something that the company has been offering for many years, but the next step will be to implement it as a standard.
"Soon We will automatically begin enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are set up properly", explained Mark Risher, director of product management of the group of Security of Users and Identities of Google, in the blog of the company. The request of today has been destined" to the people who have registered in the verification in two steps (2SV) that confirm it's really them with a simple tap via a Google prompt on their phone every time they log in. "
And has added that We will soon begin to automatically enroll users for 2-Step Verification if their accounts are properly set up.. In addition, it has reminded users that they can check the status of their account in the so-called "Security Checkup".
That second factor may be an extra security key or it may be that you receive a notification to another device that you have to approve. In this way, even if someone has your username and password, they will not be able to easily access your account. Today, after logging in with a username and password, users who have signed up for 2SV receive a code via SMS, voice call, or notification in the Google app.
The other option is a security key like Google's Titan key. Google has also incorporated its security keys into Android phones and last year offered the same capability for iPhones through its Smart Lock app for iOS.