Google to automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication soon | Inquirer Technology

Google to automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication soon

/ 05:18 PM May 12, 2021
computer Stock Photo

Google is planning to automatically enroll users in two-factor authentication (2FA) to strengthen their security as it dreams of a “simpler and safer future without passwords.”

The tech giant urged users to have the second form of verification in place as it revealed that it will automatically sign them up for it soon through a Google blog on World Password Day, May 6.


“You may not realize it, but passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security – they’re easy to steal, they’re hard to remember, and managing them is tedious,” said Mark Risher, who is Google’s director of product, management, identity and user security.

Risher noted that even the strongest and longest of passwords can still be compromised, which is why Google has been offering 2FA or two-step verification (2SV) for the longest time, albeit it is optional.


Through 2FA, users are given an extra layer of security by receiving a prompt to verify it is them whenever they log in using a different phone or device.

“Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured,” Risher said. Users can check the status of their accounts via Google’s Security Checkup.

“Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone,” he added.

Risher has noted, however, that users will still be given the option to simply opt out of the enrolment, according to Forbes on May 7.

Google will also not be subjecting all users at once with the coming change. Risher clarified to the magazine that they are testing it out on users who are “in a position where moving to 2SV won’t be disruptive and will deliver better protection.”

They have already begun the automatic enrolment on a “small user group” and “will be expanding that pool over the coming months,” according to the report. Ian Biong /ra



Filipino scientist becomes one of first humans to reach world’s 3rd deepest spot

Scientists propose building ‘ark’ on moon to house millions of reproductive cell samples

TOPICS: Cyber security, Google, internet safety, Internet security, security, two-factor authentication, two-step verification
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.