Google is celebrating Cybersecurity Awareness Month and is taking steps to incentivize greater security on the part of users. Google wants to push the hesitant use of two-step verification (2SV).
By the end of the year, the Google will activate the two-factor authentication by default for 150 million existing accounts. Google will also oblige two million YouTube content creators to use the 2SV in the coming months.
According to this, users of a Google account that activated 2SV by default will have to confirm their identity when logging in after entering their password — for example, it requires a simple tap on your mobile device to prove it’s really you trying to sign in.
The company had already announced corresponding plans in May 2021 and is now specifying its plan in a current blog post. The company has also stated that it understands that this method is not ideal for many users and is looking for alternative solutions to increase the security of logins on its platforms.
Along with this measure, the technology company has reviewed some of its recent launches in this area, such as Google One Tap, or its Google Identity Services. The latter is an API that allows users to log into third-party platforms that have partnered with Google, which has been described as the future of authentication.
Google has also recommended visiting the security control center for a security check to verify that all the requirements to activate the two-step verification mentioned above are met.