By the end of 2021, Google will enable two-step verification for an additional 150 million accounts
Earlier this year, Google enabled two-step verification (2SV) to improve account security. By the end of 2021, the tech giant says it will automatically enroll an additional 150 million Google users in the process. Two-step verification, according to Google, is one of the most reliable methods for preventing unauthorized access to accounts and networks. Two million YouTube creators, in addition to Google account holders, will be required to turn on 2SV. Google is also making it possible to view saved passwords directly from the Google app menu.
Google stated in a blog post that it plans to make 2SV mandatory for more users by the end of the year. Users will be required to complete an additional step — verification via phone, email, or security key — in order to log into their Google accounts. "Right now we are auto-enrolling Google accounts that have the proper backup mechanisms in place to make a seamless transition to 2SV," it says, without specifying which users will be required to use 2SV.
This year, Google says it has collaborated with organizations to provide over 10,000 security keys to high-risk users. Apart from 2SV, the tech giant is said to be working on other solutions that provide a secure authentication experience and, in the long run, reduce the reliance on passwords.
In addition, Google is rolling out a feature that allows Android users to access all of their Google Password Manager passwords from the Google app menu. Users will be able to make changes from a single section, rather than having to switch between platforms to manage passwords.