Google had plans for two-factor authentication. It was also referring to two-step verification. In a blog, Google reminds us that Cybersecurity Awareness Month is upon us.
Google reported that only ten percent of its active account were using two-factor authentication. It has been encouraging people and pushing them to allow the setting since then. Another part of the effort will demand more YouTube Creators to enable two-factor authentication to prevent their channels from being taken over. Google has announced that it has partnered in giving away more than 10,000 hardware security keys annually to organizations. Google’s push for two factors has made this technology easily available on all phones, from Android to iPhone.
The password manager can be a useful tool to keep your accounts secure. Google now claims it has a built-in manager that checks over a billion passwords daily via the Google app, Android, Chrome, and Chrome. Chrome can also automatically fill in passwords for other apps with the password manager on iOS. Google promises that it will soon make it easier to create passwords in other apps. Google is also launching the ability to view all saved passwords from within the Google app menu.
Last but certainly not least, Google highlights its Inactive Account Manager. This is a list of choices you can make about what happens with your account if it is not being used anymore or you are no longer able to.
Google added this feature in 2013. It allows you to set an account timeout period that is between three and 18 consecutive months of disuse before Inactive Account Manager protocols begin. Google will send an email to you one month before your limit expires, in case you accidentally switch accounts or forget about it. You can then choose to have your personal information deleted or to have it sent to the trusted people you wish to handle your affairs. Google’s blog mentions that an inactive account was the cause of the Colonial Pipeline Attack earlier this year. To protect your privacy, you don’t want to leave your digital life untouched by hackers.