A more secure Google account with 2SV

Passwords are a good way to protect your digital lives. However, most of us neglect choosing a strong password, write it down somewhere, and show lack of oversight towards password best practices. This makes their digital lives more vulnerable to attacks. Introducing 2SV, or 2-step verification, to protect your Google account.

2SV is another form of 2FA. With 2SV, Google is planning to replace "something you know" (like a password) and "something you have" (like your smartphone or a security key). It is one of the most reliable ways to protect your Google account. Google have been leading in innovations related to 2SV for years, and now, they are planning to automatically enroll their users for a more secure account with 2SV.

As per their blog post, Google has plans to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in 2SV by the end of 2021. Along with that, they would require 2 million YouTube creators to turn it on for their YouTube Channels. Having said that, today's 2SV options aren't quited suited for everyone. Google recognizes that and so, is working on technologies that would provide a much convenient and secure authentication experience.

If you are worried, don't be. Chances are that you have already been using 2SV with Google if you've ever been asked to confirm it's really you by tapping on a prompt on your smartphone whenever tried to sign-in to your Google account from a new device.

Google has also invested heavily in building smart security technologies right into devices to make this multi-factor authentication seamless and even more secure than a password. For example, Google has built their security keys directly into Android devices, launched the Google Smart Lock app for iOS etc.

Google is aiming towards a future void of passwords. In the words of Google's Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security Mark Risher:

"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."

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