Google wants to say goodbye to passwords forever, and enabling two-step verification by default will be one of its first steps to achieving this.
Taking advantage of the celebration of World Password Day, Google has announced its plan to… do away with passwords. In a post on its official blog, the company has announced new measures that will soon be implemented to improve the security of user accounts.
One of these measures consists of activating the two-step verification system by default in the Google accounts of its users.
Two-step verification will be enabled by default on some Google accounts
Until now, the use of two-factor verification on Google accounts was optional. However, the company has announced its intention to enable two-step authentication automatically, in all those accounts that are configured correctly.
And by “properly configured,” Google means accounts that include sufficient information to enable account recovery in the event of a lost password, such as a phone number or secondary email address.
Of course, all those users who choose to do so will be able to disable two-factor verification. Something that, on the other hand, is not recommended since, as Google itself explains, “a weak password can be the biggest threat to your online security”.
To check if our account meets the requirements to enable two-step verification, we just need to access the Google account security review page. Once there, it may be a good idea to check if our information is up to date, and to check if the password we use is secure enough. Maybe one day, not too long from now, and thanks to measures like this, we will never have to worry about weak passwords or stolen keys again.