As part of its initiative to safeguard users’ interests, Google has decided to enhance its security features by unbundling two-step verification (2SV) or two-factor authentication on its all accounts.
The Mountain View headquartered technology giant has said that for selected users it will soon start enabling two-factor authentication.
This announcement has been done by the company in a blog post on the occasion of World Password Day. In its post, the company highlighted the steps it is taking to properly secure users’ passwords.
“Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured,” said Mark Risher, Google’s senior director of product management.
“One of the best ways to protect your account from a breached or bad password is by having a second form of verification in place – another way for your account to confirm it is really you logging in,” added Risher.
Google has said that two-factor authentication will only be enabled in those accounts that have been configured for it. One can check if your account has been configured through Google’s account security checkup.
Google has said that this is a part of its push for a “future where one day you won’t need a password at all.”
At present, the two-factor authentication is optional but it is expected that the company will make it mandatory later. The company in its blog post also advised users to use its free password manager and perform the security check-up which informs them if any of their passwords has been compromised.