May 6 was World Password Day.
The opportunity for Google to encourage its users to activate two-factor authentication, reports 01Net.
“Passwords are the biggest threat to your online security.
They are easy to steal, they are difficult to remember and their management is tedious, ”explains Mark Risher, director of product management at Google in a blog post.
Confirm your identity with a code
The American giant would even like to force everyone to adopt two-step authentication so that account security does not rely solely on a password.
Currently, Google offers those who have signed up for two-factor authentication (2SV) to confirm their identity through a notification on their phone every time they log in.
They are the good students.
Soon, Google will register for 2SV those who simply log in with their only password, provided their account is properly configured.
We imagine that the telephone number must be well informed.
The process will be reversible, if the user prefers to keep their one-factor authentication.
How to get the code?
Multi-factor authentication can take several forms. In addition to the password, a code is sent to the phone. It is this code that must then be entered on the terminal to be accessed. But there are several ways to get it. It can be by simple SMS, but this solution is not the most secure because a text message can be intercepted. The code can also be sent to an application such as Google Authenticator. Or you can still use a hardware medium, such as the Titan security key from Google.
"We have integrated our security keys directly into Android devices and launched our Google Smart Lock app for iOS, so that users can now use their phone as a secondary means of authentication," says Mark Risher who, further, hopes that "Passwords will be a thing of the past".
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