Google plans to implement 2 step verification by default for millions of users
Google stated in May that it would implement two-step authentication by default to increase the security of many accounts. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and hence Google has reminded us once again of the plan.
Google underlined in May that utilizing a mobile device to log in provides a more secure and convenient method of authentication than using passwords alone.
As previously announced on the official blog, Google will automatically connect another 150 million accounts to two-step authentication by the end of 2021. Additionally, Google will require that 2 million YouTube users implement two-factor verification for their accounts.
For the time being, Google automatically turns on two-factor authentication for accounts that have a backup email address or phone number configured. Representatives from Google explained:
We recognize that current methods of two-factor authentication are not suited for all users, and our team is working on technologies that will eliminate the need for users to remember passwords while maintaining a high level of security.
Additionally, it is stated that the login process should be seamless and straightforward with the assistance of Google notifications: simply click on the notification on your phone to authenticate your identity.