Google is urging all users on May 6 to activate two-factor authentication on the occasion of World Password Day.
“Passwords are the biggest threat to your online security. They are easy to steal, they are difficult to memorize and their management is tedious ”, said chief product officer Mark Risher in a post.
To reduce the central role of the password, he will use the strong method for this.
Forcing the hand of the most recalcitrant
It will first ask people, who have already enabled two-step verification to confirm their identity via a notification on their smartphone each time they log into their account. It will be the most receptive audience.
It will then be necessary to pass to those which are satisfied to use a simple password. They will automatically be enrolled in two-step verification if their account is set up correctly. One way to force their hand, even if the process will be reversible.
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Two-factor authentication, also known as multi-factor authentication or two-step verification, as Google calls it, is a security mechanism in addition to the password like a code sent to the smartphone.
Users receive it by SMS, voice call or through an app. You must then enter it and validate it on the screen of the terminal to which you want to connect. Application authentication is preferred by Google, as an SMS can be intercepted or hijacked. It is also possible to use the Titan security key, from Google.
“One day, we hope that stolen passwords will be a thing of the past”, starts dreaming Mark Risher.