Is it okay for you to use two-factor authentication?
Google’s highly-promoted two-factor authentication has now lead the company to take action on its own. In the recent blog post of the tech giant, they said that about 150 million Google accounts on their system will soon be “auto-enrolled” with the said additional security protocol. If you’re not interested in the feature, what do you do to opt it out?
150 million Google accounts to have 2SV
Google’s 2-step verification has been one of the programs of the tech giant to combat account hacking and protect the security of all its users. For the past years, Google has been non-stop promoting it to users.
Now, they are taking control with their hands. As reported via The Verge, by the end of this year, about 150 million Google users will be auto-enrolled on using the said security feature.
Google said that they know what is best for their users. Thus, now allowing them to enter the world of 2SV, especially to those who have no interest to use it at all.
Unfortunately, there was no further clarification on how the system would work on each user. We also did not know if Google is already starting on automatically enrolling accounts to 2SV.
Why does Google need to do this?
As explained by the company, they check more than 1 billion passwords every day in order to know when an account is hacked or not.
They reiterated that passwords alone do not protect the account. Thus, the importance of having an additional security protocol is a must-have for all its users.
In their blog post, the Google’s 2SV was called “one of the most reliable ways to prevent unauthorized access to accounts and networks.” Although they promote its usage for a public audiences, the company also expressed understanding that not everyone has the access to have the said feature.
After all, in getting the 2SV feature, the person needs to have a phone to verify his account. If not, they must have another email account for verification. For now, Google said that they understand the possible frustration of the feature, but clarified that their decision is for the best of all users.
“2SV has been core to Google’s own security practices and today we make it seamless for our users with a Google prompt, which requires a simple tap on your mobile device to prove it’s really you trying to sign in,” Google says in Tuesday’s announcement.
How to opt-out?
If you think that having Google’s 2SV is no longer necessary or a nuisance for your account, the company will not require you to turn it on.
However, if you are one of the 150 million accounts that automatically received it, you could also easily opt out if you do not want it.
To do that, just go to your account settings. In the “Security” section, tap the “2-Step Verification and sign in if needed. Once done, just hit the Turn Off command and you will no longer get the said feature.