Google: two-factor authentication for everyone

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In the days when we are once again discussing a future without a password, an online giant like Google puts on paper its vision on what is best to protect privacy and personal data: thetwo-factor authentication (or two-step verification). He will soon begin to force adoption. For what reason?

Passwords are the biggest threat to your online security - they're easy to steal, hard to remember, and managing them is tedious.

Two-step verification central to bigG vision

The Mountain View group will start by asking those who have already configured the account appropriately (we'll see how shortly), so they can confirm identity each time they log in again through an authentication factor other than the password. These are the words of Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security for Google, entrusted to the editorial staff of Motherboard.

We are starting with the users for whom it will represent a less significant change, planning an extension based on the results. Our ultimate goal is to make sure everyone is in a more secure and safe state, by default.

What does it mean to have configured the account appropriately? Have entered recovery information, such as a phone number or secondary email address. To find out if two-factor authentication is active, just click on the Google Security Checker. We are thus faced with a screen of this type.

What was announced by bigG is in fact the will to push users to adopt a second authentication factor to add a layer of safety to protect your information, explaining why it is convenient. However, he will not force his hand, at least at first, by letting go possibility to opt out to those who want it.

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