Google unveiled on Thursday (6) a plan to include two-factor authentication as the standard method for logging in all users. The attitude is extremely important for the safety of literally anyone in every corner of the internet, but for that the chosen tool is a smartphone or tablet that already has its credentials duly authenticated.
It is not new today that we talk about the importance of having two-factor authentication enabled everywhere that allows this tool, as it can make it very difficult for one person to log in with the password of another – a hacker with yours, for example. To reinforce this important message, Google is planning to standardize the use of this type of identification of the user who uses any of its services.
This type of confirmation if the user is really trying to sign in to a service has been used by Google for years, but it is the person who needs to actively venture into their profile settings and activate the function manually. In it, whenever you log in to a new device, be it a computer or even another cell phone or tablet, an authentication screen appears on the device already logged in asking something like “are you really trying to log into your account?”, Followed by two responses for “yes” or “no”.
This method is the one chosen by Google to reinforce everyone’s security by default, as long as the checkup of this subject is up to date on your profile – you can check yours by clicking or tapping here. The tool is already very objective and even shows few options to just not confuse the user, but still the search giant also took advantage of the ad to promise improvements for this process.
There is another way less advertised by Google to do basically the same thing, adding a few steps to the task and using a tool that the search giant itself already has. It involves a generator of codes or tokens, responsible for requiring the filling in of some numbers to perform two-factor authentication both in the company’s own services, as well as in third-party websites or apps.
Even more laborious, this token tool can be ideal when the user has their account connected to more devices, such as their children’s or other people’s devices and does not want any of them authorizing or denying access when the authenticator is triggered.
Google suggests using your password manager
In addition to delivering a tool for two-factor authentication as a standard for everyone, the search giant also suggests using its password generator and manager, built into the Chrome browser. The feature can be used on Android devices, on the computer and even on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, as long as the user uses the Google browser on these gadgets.
It works as a creator of complex passwords, but at the same time it can fill in the ones it knows and it can receive this data from other services or applications when importing the credentials. The tool also issues alerts to the user when leaks happen and suggests changing their information on websites and addresses with security holes.
While the Google two-factor authenticator is simpler to use, the password manager may not be the most practical and other options on the market deliver even more features, some of which are paid and some are not. Some competitors involve a tool from Samsung itself for their devices, or from third parties such as 1 Password and Dropbox.
With information: Google.