Why it matters: Passwords have long been thought to be insufficient to protect users' online presence, which is why additional tools like password managers and mechanisms like 2FA have been available for years. In an effort to promote better security practices, Google says 2 million YouTube creators need two-step verification and plan to automatically register 150 million accounts by the end of 2021.
Google says it checks the security of 1 billion passwords every day to protect users from hackers. However, a little bit of social engineering and reusing the same password on multiple websites makes it easy for hackers to do their job, not to mention the brutal choice of passwords.
Recently, Microsoft allowed users to work with their accounts without a password, and now Google has automatically enrolled 150 million of them in a two-step verification (2SV) process. This increases the security of your users. Two-step verification has long been an additional security measure to protect Google accounts, and the company recently announced that it intends to make it the default for well-configured accounts.
The decision to automatically opt-in appears to be another 150 million steps in that direction. In addition, Google also needs 2 million YouTube developer accounts to enable 2-step verification by the end of this year.
The company is also working on technologies that reduce users' dependence on passwords, such as the recently introduced Google Authentication Services API, which provides passwords with secure tokens to authenticate users. Replaces on the Sites and Services.
By the end of this year, Google will automatically enable two-step authentication for 150 million users