Google is about to turn on default two-factor authentication for millions of users.
In May, Google announced plans to enable two-factor authentication (or two-step authentication as it refers to setup) to enable more security for multiple accounts by default. Now it’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Google is once again reminding us of this plan, saying in a blog post that it will activate two factors for 150 million more accounts by the end of this year.
In 2018, Google said that only 10% of its active accounts are using two-factor authentication. It has been pushing, encouraging and motivating people to activate the setting ever since. Another point of this effort is that more than 2 million YouTube creators will need two-factor authentication to save their channels from being taken over. Google says it has partnered with organizations to provide more than 10,000 hardware security keys each year. Its push for two factors has made the technology easily available on your phone whether you use Android or iPhone.
A tool that helps users keep their accounts secure is using Password Manager, and Google now says it can handle more than a billion passwords a day via Chrome, Android and the Google App’s built-in manager. Checks Password Manager is also available on iOS, where Chrome can auto-fill logins for other apps. Google says it will soon help you create passwords for other apps, making things even easier. Coming soon is the ability to view your saved passwords directly from the Google Apps menu.
Last but not least, Google is exposing its inactive account manager. It’s a set of decisions about what happens to your account if you decide to stop using it or are no longer around and are unable to make that decision.
Google added this feature in 2013 so that you can set an interval of three to 18 months for your account before the inactive Account Manager protocol takes effect. If you just switch accounts or forget about your login, Google will send you an email one month before the limit. At this point, you can choose to delete your information or send any trusted contacts you want to handle things on your behalf. Google’s blog post notes that an inactive account led to a massive colonial pipeline attack earlier this year, and for security reasons alone, you probably wouldn’t want your digital life to bore any hackers in the future. Be unused for it.