Tech companies push users to adopt two-factor authentication

 Tech companies push users to adopt two-factor authentication

Google has spent the better part of 10 years persuading users to add an extra layer of security verification to their accounts. Now, it’s done asking nicely.

The Alphabet Inc. unit said it plans to automatically enroll 150 million Google accounts and 2 million YouTube accounts in its two-step verification program by the end of the year. Users will have to do more than simply enter a password to log in to their accounts. They’ll also have to enter a code sent via an app or text message, or plug in a physical security “key.” Users can opt out if they wish.

“We think that this is now table stakes,” said Mark Risher, senior director of product management of Google’s Android operating system and the former head of its security and identity teams. The company said it will enroll the rest of its accounts as quickly as possible starting in 2022 but declined to disclose how many accounts it has…

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