Do you use two-factor authentication (2FA) on your Google account? If you aren’t, you will be soon, because Google is going to turn it on by default on 150 million more accounts by the end of 2021.
Google Enabling 2FA By Default
Google refers to 2FA as 2SV, which stands for two-step verification. It’s another term that means the same thing, and the company has reminded us of its intention to make it the default on millions of accounts.
In a blog post, the company said, “By the end of 2021, we plan to auto-enroll an additional 150 million Google users in 2SV and require 2 million YouTube creators to turn it on.” That means that if you aren’t currently, locking down your Google account with a second form of verification, it’ll be turned on by default soon.
Of course, you can choose to turn it off if you’re not a fan, but it really is a good idea, as locking down your accounts is important, especially one as widely used as your Google account.
Google’s Other Password Plans
Google also announced that you can select Chrome to autofill saved passwords in other apps on iOS now. If you use Google Chrome on iOS to store your passwords, this is a feature that’ll come in handy for you.
You’ll also be able to use Google’s Password Manager right from the Google app, which makes Chrome a more powerful password manager.
All in all, Google is doing some great stuff with security, and these changes are definitely a net positive for keeping your accounts safe.