Google to automatically enable two-factor authentication for user accounts

In order to enhance the privacy of users, Google is going to start enrolling users by default in two-factor authentication. Enabling two-step verification is the only way to safeguard your Facebook, WhatsApp as well as Google account against phishing attacks. Google will automatically begin enrolling users for two-step verification if their accounts are configured well.

Google announced in a post that the users will be required to take the two steps to sign-in to their accounts. “Today we ask people who have enrolled in two-step verification (2SV) to confirm it’s really them with a simple tap via a Google prompt on their phone whenever they sign in. Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured. (You can check the status of your account in our Security Checkup). Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone,” Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, stated in a Google blog post.

On the occasion of World Password Day, the tech giant encouraged more users to sign up for the Google two-step verification process. The company will begin sending out prompts to over two billion Gmail subscribers to enroll for the verification, however it will soon begin including users in two-step verification.

This process will make sure that no one can log in to your Google accounts without having access to your system. The person cannot log in to your account even if he has your username and password. Once you sign in to your Gmail account and have enrolled for the two-step verification, you will get a code on your smartphone through an SMS, voice call or the Google app.

Google has stated that the security keys have been integrated into Android devices, and released the Google Smart Lock app for smartphones powered by iOS, so now smartphones can be leveraged as a secondary form of authentication.

Google aims to eliminate the usage of passwords completely as the majority of people only use one password for all their accounts. The latest features introduced by Google such as Password Import, Password Manager and Security Checkup will help in reducing the misuse of credentials across the web. “One day, we hope stolen passwords will be a thing of the past, because passwords will be a thing of the past, but until then Google will continue to keep you and your passwords safe,” Risher stated.