Google is making some significant changes to make its user accounts more secure. The company is reportedly planning to implement two-factor verification on users account by default.
The company wrote in a blog post that it will soon start enrolling customers in two-step verification if their accounts are appropriately configured. Once enabled, they’ll receive a prompt on their smartphone to verify that an attempted login with their Google account is legitimate.
Google’s senior director of product management, Mark Risher said: “Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone.”
He said: “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.”
Google is improving the security of accounts by turning 2FA on by default. Google says 66 percent of Americans still admit to using the same password across multiple sites, which makes all those accounts vulnerable if any one falls.