Google to Turn on Two-Factor Authentication by Default for Users

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

The password is used to authenticate access to a user’s account. The account’s security may be jeopardized if the password is discovered.

In this case, two-factor authentication is required.

Two-factor authentication secures your account by providing an extra degree of security via one-time passwords (OTPs) sent to our phones or backup emails.

This was first revealed in May when Google announced that two-factor authentication would be activated by default.

Google, on the other side, announced today that it is currently auto-enrolling accounts with adequate backup systems (about 150 million accounts) to ensure a smooth transition.

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

Two-factor authentication gives your account an extra layer of security, making it hard for someone to log in even if they know your password. Every time you try to log in, we’ll send you a 6-digit code that’s been randomly generated to authenticate your identity. 

You can receive your security code via text message or voice call to your mobile phone (or an alternate phone number).

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