Google today announced plans to automatically enroll 150 million accounts for two-factor authentication by the end of 2021.
To protect Google Accounts from unauthorized access, it’s possible to sign up for an optional security feature called Two-Factor Authentication, or as Google likes to call it, 2-Step Verification (2SV).
When two-step verification is enabled on a Google account and someone signs in with the correct username and password, they are asked for an additional form of authentication to prove that they are the owner Account.
This additional verification can be done via a code from an authenticator app or text, Google Prompt, a hardware security key, like a Yubikey or Google Titan, or even an iOS device.
In May, Google announced that it had started automatically enrolling users in 2SV for properly configured accounts to protect against exposed credentials against data breaches or the use of simple passwords.
For an account to be automatically enrolled, a Google app must be installed that could be used for authentication or a backup mobile device for account recovery.
150 million users to automatically register for 2SV
Today, Google announced the automatic enrollment of 150 million additional Google Accounts in 2SV by the end of the year.
“And because we know that the best way to protect our users is to enable our default security protections, we have started to automatically configure our users’ accounts in a more secure state,” Google explained in a new post. blog.
“By the end of 2021, we plan to automatically enroll an additional 150 million Google users in the 2SV system and we will need 2 million YouTube creators to activate it.”
Google says these additional accounts will only be enrolled if they have the “appropriate safeguards” in place to move to 2SV.
For those who cannot register for 2SV due to the authentication methods available, Google is working on other technologies that these users can use.
To check if your account has the correct settings for 2SV, you can perform a security check on your Google account, which will explain your available options.
As 2-factor authentication is such an important method for securing online accounts and data breaches that frequently expose credentials, users are strongly advised to register with 2SV now rather than waiting. .
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