Google has now officially announced that it will start enabling two-factor authentication (2FA). The security feature of two-step verification (2SV) will be enable for the select users by default. The tech giant states that this will mainly protect users from any kind of security threats. Keep in mind, there has been a sharp rise in security threats to the users account these days. The company made this official announcement on the occasion of World Password Day via a blog post. In the blog post, the company listed a number of steps that should be followed by the users to properly secure users’ passwords.
Google brings two-factor authentication:
In the blog post, Google’s Senior Director for Product Management, Mark Risher confirms that the Google will soon start to enroll select users for two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA), if their accounts are properly configured. This is one of the best way to protect users account from a breach or bad password. Also, Having a second form of verification always gives additional security to users account.
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The two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA) is another way for confirming that the Google account is access by the real user. This Two-Factor Authentication will only be enable to select users. The select users whose accounts have been fully configure for it will get this safety feature. Meanwhile, To check if your account has been fully configured or not, users have to visit Google’s account security checkup.
Google in the blog post also added that this part of its push for a future without passwords. Although two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA) comes enabled by default for select Google account users. It will be optional for users if they choose to disable it. However, company confirms that this feature will be made mandatory in the near future. On World Password Day, Google in the blog post also advise its users to fully utilize its free password manager. This can be useful for performing a security check-up on all their accounts. This will help users to identify if any of their passwords have been compromised or not.
How to enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)/ Two Step Verification (2SV)?
Additionally, users can self turn-on their Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) or Two Step Verification (2SV) on their Google accounts by following the steps:
1. Open your Google Account.
2. In the navigation panel, select Security.
3. Under “Signing in to Google,” select 2-Step Verification and then start using it.
4. Follow the on-screen steps.
After you turn on two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA), you’ll need to complete a second step to verify it’s you when you sign in. To help protect your account, Google will request that you complete a specific second step. To protect your Google account, we always suggest you keep you two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled. Also Read: Facebook rolls out two factor authentication via security key for mobile app