To secure users from online security threats, Google is reportedly enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on Google accounts by default for users. Users who have set up 2FA will be asked to confirm the right person is signing in to an account by tapping a prompt on their phone.
“At Google, keeping you safe online is our top priority, so we continuously invest in new tools and features to keep your personal information safe, including your passwords,” Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security, Google, said in a blogpost.
Once two-factor authentication is enabled, you will see a prompt on your smartphone to verify you are trying to log into your Google account. “Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone,” says Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security in an official blog post.
To protect your private data, we suggest you check if your password has leaked in any online data breaches, reset your password, set up two-factor authentication on all your accounts, and use password manager apps for additional security. Also, we suggest you don’t use weak passwords that are easy to crack and gain access to your account.