Google will automatically start registering users for two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor verification. Google shared the development results through a blog post. Currently, Google offers its users the option of two-step verification. If they sign up, they will prompt them on their smartphones when they login to verify that they are actually logged into their accounts.
Google said this is an attempt to improve security, because passwords are the biggest threat to online security. Google’s director of product management, identity and user security, Mark Risher, explained in a blog post that people try to make passwords long and complex to make them harder to crack.
Because people use the same password for multiple accounts, this sometimes increases security risks. Rachel said 66% of Americans admit to using the same password on multiple sites. To overcome this hurdle, Google combined the second form of authentication with a password. Soon, “if your account is configured correctly”, it will automatically register users for 2SV or two-factor authentication.
Until now, Google has provided the option to sign up for 2SV, but will soon force all users to use this feature. The search giant has not disclosed when it will implement this change. The blog also noted that Google recently released a new password import feature that allows users to upload up to 1,000 passwords at a time for free.
Risher said, “Combining features like password import, password manager, and security controls with authentication products (like logging in through Google) can reduce the spread of weak certificates,” Risher said.