In the future, Google will require many users to use two-factor authentication. The company announced these plans a few months ago, but emphasized them again in a current blog post as part of the “Cybersecurity Awareness Months”. Accordingly, Google plans to automatically equip around 150 million users with the feature by the end of the year.
As soon as the changeover has taken place, customers will receive a query on their smartphone when they log in to their Google account. This is two-factor authentication. As soon as you confirm that you have attempted to log in yourself, the login will be allowed. Should your password ever get into the wrong hands, you can reject the request.
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Users must first manually deactivate two-factor authentication in the Google account settings if they do not want to use it. Google justifies the forced step to 2FA with the fact that otherwise only a few users would use the feature or would know about it. So everyone can still decide for themselves whether the feature is needed, while everyone else basically enjoys more protection.
Google has not yet given an exact date for the changeover. But since the end of the year is approaching us in great strides, it cannot be long. In the future, the company also wants to work on options that no longer require a password. Microsoft recently took a similar step.