User data protection has become a real headache for any tech company. For Google, it’s even more important because there are billions of Google users. But there are various approaches how to make your Google account more secure. One of them is the two-step verification that Google has been using for a while. But now, it turns out the tech giant is going to enforce the use of two-step verification for Google accounts.
As the company’s blog post reads, “soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured.” With this, the company will add an additional layer of security to the authentication process. However, this is not anything new or innovative. Say, the system will just send a code via SMS to a linked mobile device or an authentication app. Once entered it in the corresponding field, you will be granted access to your account. For Google, this will be an indicator that the account is configured properly. There is no word whether it will be mandatory.
There are a few options available when it comes to protecting Google accounts with two-step verification:
- Google Prompts: These are push notifications that you will receive on both Android phones (if you are signed in to your account) and iPhones (via Smart Lock app, the Gmail app or Google app).
- Security keys: It’s a small device that will help you prove it’s you signing in. every time you will sign in to your account, you have to simply connect the key to your phone, tablet, or computer.
- Authenticator app: You just have to set up Google Authenticator or another app that will generate one-time verification codes when you don’t have an internet connection or mobile service.
- Text message or call: Google will send a 6-digit code to a number provided in advance. Google can send codes either via SMS or through a voice call.
- Backup codes: Print or download a set of 8-digit backup codes and save them in a safe place. Then, use them when needed.
If you want to verify whether your Google account can use the two-factor authentication right now, there is a useful too, namely Google’s Security Checkup. It will check and let you know whether you can add another layer of security to your account or there are some information that make it impossible to enable the feature.