Google’s best security feature is used by less than 10% of users

Published on April 17, 2018

We already know that passwords can come across as being a terrible way of securing valuable services. Majority of the users end up reusing our old passwords for all the accounts. And why not? They are easy to remember, and we don’t mind if they don’t end up protecting us as far as there is the minor hassle of typing in as such. However, a new report suggests that less than 10 percent of Gmail users are currently using the two-factor authentication to log in. For those who aren’t aware, Google offers a second layer of protection to use on any given Gmail account. One can make use of their username as well as the password for the two-factor authentication technique. The same functionality takes place on WhatsApp as well. According to a report by Forbes, there are numerous ways to implement the extra factor.


However, they are incredibly user-friendly and thus, is recommended by Google to most users. Moreover, they end up ranging from Google’s official application, asking users if they are currently trying to log in to an extra six-digit code that cycles once per minute. According to a report by Forbes, “Two-factor authentication is a must-have on any account you care about as such. It’s simple to set up and simple to use. Google has a free “authenticator” app for Apple and Android platforms.” The application enables users to type in a unique master code or scan a QR code and show one a new law every 60 seconds or so. The system works if a smartphone does not have the extra charge. One can go on to install the application on more than one device without any hassle. Users don’t need a smartphone for this purpose. The search giant can merely text users a free code, which might end up helping if users are locating abroad.

There is a solution for users who aren’t necessarily in the possession of a smartphone. They can merely print out a set of 10 emergency codes that can be tucking into a purse or a wallet. These codes will enable users to log in if the smartphone runs out of power. However, there is a small issue with this type of functionality, i.e., there are many email applications that do not necessarily extend support for two-factor authentication logins. For this kind of applications, users must be able to produce an app specific login with the help of Google.

For example, if you are making use of a standard email client such as Thunderbird, you can only set up a password that works for the application. In other words, you won’t have to face any compatibility problem with older or newer software. Making use of the second factor on services one cares about is crucial. Users end up uploading staggering amounts of personal information to Google. This exercise is carrying out as users want to ensure that they are protecting their accounts with as much security as humanly possible. The Cupertino technology giant also goes on to offer the same kind of experience on iPhone devices as well. However, to help users secure their iCloud accounts, it is essential that there is more protection in place. “You get the best experience with iPhones, of course, but Apple will text or call you to verify logins too,” notes a report by Forbes.

According to a report by Forbes, another significant advantage of having access to two-factor authentication is that one can give you a way to spot when someone is logging in as you are. This ends up turning out to be true especially if six-digit codes go on to be generated as local applications.

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