Google Pushes Two-Factor Authentication for Users
Google is pushing the use of two-factor authentication for people with Google accounts.Roughly five months after taking two-factor authentication to Google Apps users, the company is adding a setup wizard and other features to bring the security approach to more users. "Most of us are used to entrusting our information to a password, but we know that some of you are looking for something stronger," blogged Nishit Shah, product manager for Google Security. "As we announced to our Google Apps customers a few months ago, we've developed an advanced opt-in security feature called 2-step verification that makes your Google Account significantly more secure by helping to verify that you're the real owner of your account. Now it's time to offer the same advanced protection to all of our users."
The two-step authentication process will involve the user's password plus a code sent to a phone number the user provides. Once it is set up, when users enter their password they will also be prompted to enter a code provided by Google.