Google will automatically register 150 million of its users and 2,000,000 YouTube users in the new security service. Until now we have known it as “two-factor authentication” (in short “2FA”). The tech giant has called it “two-step verification (2SV)”. In any case, it is two-factor authentication, i.e. two ways of certification.
In case you do not know, in “2FA” (which you download) only the password is not enough; which was the authentication of one factor. We need our mobile phone (or tablet) and a physical feature (fingerprint, or voice recognition, or iris scan). If all these does not exist together (if we lose the smartphone, or if we do not remember the password), no access allowed!
As for Google, it has decided to provide another layer of protection —from what we have had so far— by requiring a one-time password (send it to your mobile phone, or email it) to complete the connection. It will last for a very short time (30”).
“So if someone has guessed, or acquired your password, he will need something more from you to unlock your smartphone or computer”,
pointed out by those in charge, starting with Guemmy Kim, director of account protection and security.
“‘2SV’ is stronger when it combines ‘something you know (password)’ with ‘something you have (mobile, or tablet)’. We know that the best way to protect our users is to activate this protection “by default”, by automatically configuring accounts in a more secure condition. By the end of 2021, we aim to automatically register another 150,000,000 Google users and request activation from 2,000,000 YouTube creators, in order to protect their channels from ‘hostage-taking'”
For the record, Google showed similar levels of security a decade ago, but not many people used them. It was then informed —through research— that only 10% of its users have “2FA”, yet it decided not to do anything blackmailing. Now, she’s decided to take the initiative, with Ms. Kim explaining that everyone knows that “2SV” is not necessary for everyone.
“We work on technologies that provide a convenient, yet secure authentication experience, with the goal of reducing the reliance on passwords in the long run. We will start registering users in “2SV”, with those that have appropriate backup mechanisms in place to comfortably move into the new era.”
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