In May of this year, Google announced its intention to use two-factor authentication (using a password and SMS message with a code) to protect user accounts. Now the developers have announced that by the end of the year this feature will be activated by default for 150 million users of the company’s services.
In 2018, Google said that only 10% of active accounts use two-factor authentication. Since then, the company has made some effort to encourage people to use this feature. Along with millions of Google users, more than 2 million YouTube content creators will reportedly migrate to two-factor authentication by the end of the year. The message notes that users will also be able to use hardware security keys for authorization, of which more than 10 thousand copies are produced annually by Google alone.
A password manager is another solid account security tool. According to reports, Google checks more than 1 billion passwords every day using the password manager built into the Chrome browser, which is also integrated into the Android platform and the Google app. The company’s password manager is also available on iOS devices, where Chrome can be used to auto-populate authorization fields across apps. Soon, the developers will add the ability to generate strong passwords for other applications, as well as the function of viewing the list of saved passwords in the Google application menu.