KOMPAS.com – Soon, login to a Google account to use services such as Gmail, Drive, to YouTube, you can’t just enter a password.
The reason is, Google announced that it will apply the two-step verification feature, aka Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) automatically to hundreds of millions of Google account owners.
This was revealed in an announcement on Google’s official blog written by Chrome Group Product Manager, Abdel Karim Mardini, and Google Account Security and Safety Director, Guemmy Kim.
“By the end of 2021, we plan to enable the 2FA feature automatically starting at 150 million Google users,” Mardini and Kim wrote on the official Google blog.
Also read: Google Changes 2FA Verification from SMS to Phone Notifications
Thus, later users are not only required to enter password just for login, but also must perform additional verification, for example by entering a unique code that Google sends to the user’s mobile number linked to the Google account.
Actually, this two-step verification feature is nothing new at Google. Some Google account owners may also have enabled this feature before.
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The difference is, in the past, this 2FA feature was only an optional layer of protection feature. So, users are given the freedom to activate it or not. But now, Google has decided to “force” millions of Google accounts to use the two-step verification feature.
Why Google applies automatic 2FA
Mardini and Kim say that the two-step verification feature is one of the most reliable ways to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.
“2FA is the most powerful way because it combines ‘something the user knows’ (like a password) and ‘something the user has’ (like an OTP code on the phone or a security key),” Mardini and Kim wrote.
With this additional layer of security, it is hoped that the user’s Google account will also be protected from burglary.
So far, the 2FA feature is also said to have become the core of Google service security. In addition to verification with an OTP code, Google also provides a special verification prompt that is sent to a user’s phone that is already linked to a Google account.
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So, when the user does login to the Google account on the new device, Google will send a verification prompt to the trusted user’s device. The user simply clicks “Yes, it’s me” at the prompt to verify that it is the user himself who did it log-in on the other device.
As a consequence of activating this 2FA feature, users must always be near their cellphones whenever they want to do something log-in to another device.
However, for reasons of increasing user security, Google finally decided to implement the two-step verification feature as a setting default. Starting from 150 million Google account users by the end of 2021.
Google does not deny that this two-step verification option is not always suitable and favored by all its users, as compiled KompasTekno from blog Google, Monday (11/10/2021).
“That’s why we’re working on technology that provides a comfortable and secure authentication experience, and can reduce dependence on passwords in the long term,” Mardini and Kim wrote.
YouTube creators must also enable 2FA
By the end of 2021, Google will also require 2 million content creators on YouTube to enable the same 2FA feature.
The 2FA policy on YouTube was first announced via a Twitter account with the handle @TeamYouTube. It is stated that, starting November 1, creators who are members of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) must activate the 2FA feature.
Also read: YouTubers Must Activate Two-Step Verification Starting November 1st
Otherwise, the YouTuber is in danger of not being able to access YouTube Studio, a place where creators usually manage their YouTube channel.
It is through YouTube Studio that creators can see a summary of the amount subscriber, analytics, and insights for the latest video performance. Then you can upload videos, editing titles, moderating comments, viewing copyright claims, to other common YouTube problems.
Important Security Update for YPP Creators:
Starting Nov 1st, you’ll be *required* to turn on 2-step verification to access Studio.
We want to help keep your account safe & 2SV is an important step!
Protected yet? ???? Enable on your Google Account → https://t.co/lSOxZhuFBu pic.twitter.com/rc1MrOibeS
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) August 23, 2021
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