Simply setting a fixed password will no longer be a valid option for Google users, as it must be duplicated with a self-generated code or received on the mobile phone.
Google is about to take a decisive step in securing user accounts, setting two-step authentication as the default method for accessing new and existing cones.
According to the announcement made with a post on the Google blog, the American giant will soon start automatically checking the two-factor authentication option (or “two-step verification”, as Google calls it) if their accounts are “properly configured”. After activating the 2FA system, each time you try to connect to your Google account you will receive a request on your mobile phone, taking the form of an SMS code to use in the authentication process, or a simple Yes / No dialog, through which to confirm that you and no one else are trying to connect.
“Using your mobile device to connect provides users with a more secure authentication experience than a simple password,” said Mark Risher, Google’s director of product management. (Alerts displayed directly on an already authenticated and recognized smartphone are more secure than SMS messages, which can theoretically be intercepted).
If standard 2FA authentication is not enough, you can take the security level even higher by using a cryptographic key in physical format, such as those from YubiKey or Titan (developed even by Google). Google has added, starting with 2019, the option to set Android phones as security keys, meanwhile including iPhone devices.
According to Google, 66% of Americans still use the same password on multiple sites, making all of these accounts vulnerable if one of the sites is compromised in a cyber attack. Thus, the mandatory use of the 2FA system will solve many problems, even those accustomed to using passwords that are easy to guess or repetitive.
Google recommends that users comply with the prompt security checkup request when it is offered to ensure that the settings used and account protection are at an optimal level.
Robert J. Smith is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including JoyStiq and Android Authority. In regards to academics, Robert earned a degree in business from Fordham University. Robert has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.