Google enables two-factor authentication by default for millions of users

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Nov 05, 2021, 10:07 AM(IST)

Gmail's two-step verification. Photograph:( WION )

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Two-factor authentication protects your account by adding an extra layer of protection in the form of one-time passwords (OTPs) that we get on our phones or backup emails.

Google is commemorating Cybersecurity Awareness Month by announcing that by the end of the year, it will automatically enable two-factor authentication for its 150 million Google accounts.

The password serves as a means of authenticating access to an account.

However, if the password is discovered, the account's security may be jeopardised.

Two-factor authentication comes into play in this situation.

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Two-factor authentication protects your account by adding an extra layer of protection in the form of one-time passwords (OTPs) that we get on our phones or backup emails.

Google initially disclosed this in May, when it stated that two-factor authentication would be enabled by default.

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Google, on the other hand, said today that it is now auto-enrolling accounts with sufficient backup systems in place (about 150 million accounts), assuring a smooth transition.

What is two-factor authentication, and how does it work?

Two-factor authentication adds an extra degree of protection to your account, making it impossible for someone to log in even if they know your password.

Each time you try to log in, we'll email you a randomised 6-digit code to verify your identity.

You have the option of receiving your security code through text or voice call to your mobile phone (or an alternate phone number). 

(With inputs from agencies)

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