Google wants to eliminate the use of passwords, focuses on 2FA2021-05-06 17:32 by Daniela
Google plans to enable two-factor authentication by default, automatically pushing users to safer security settings given the risks of relying solely on a password to protect your account. Currently, the system – also known as 2FA, two-step verification, or 2SV – is optional for Google accounts, though recommended.
That second factor, be it a security key or a smartphone, means that someone in possession of your username and password - in most cases - can't log into your account unless they have physical access to your device.
"Soon we'll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV [two-step verification] if their accounts are appropriately configured," writes Mark Risher, Google's director of product management, identity, and user security. "Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone."
Google today also encouraged people to use a Password Manager, with the company recommending its own built into Chrome, Android, and iOS. It features a Password Checkup feature to check for compromised credentials from past hacks. There's also an import feature to allow people to upload up to 1,000 logins at a time from other third-party services.
Google aims to eliminate the need to use passwords in the near future, but until then, using two-factor authentication to keep your credentials safe is imperative.
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