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On World Password Day, Google reveals that 2FA will eventually be mandatory

This means you'll need a password and a secondary form of authentication, such as an email or phone number.

Published onMay 6, 2021

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  • In the future, Google 2FA (two-factor authentication) protocols will no longer be optional.
  • By now, most people are probably using 2FA with their Google accounts anyway, but anyone who isn’t will eventually need to change that.
  • Far off in the future, Google hopes passwords won’t be needed at all.

Today is World Password Day. We have a poll running related to this annual reminder that strong passwords and security measures for your online life are not something you should take lightly. We also have some news from Google related to its own security protocols.

According to PC World, it will eventually be mandatory for users to take advantage of Google 2FA protocols. 2FA — which stands for two-factor authentication — is the process in which you validate your usual username/password combination with a secondary service or device. Most commonly, this is a text message or email that includes a code that you then must enter into a form before you can enter a site or use an app.

See also: What is two-factor authentication and how do you use it?

As of today, using Google’s 2FA service is optional for your Google accounts and related devices. Google strongly advises all users to opt-in for their own safety and security, but soon, it will require enrollment.

The company didn’t divulge when this new requirement would begin. However, if Google is talking about it now, it’s a safe bet it would land sometime this year./

Eventually, though, Google hopes to remove the need for passwords altogether. It has discussed this future for years now, but passwords stubbornly won’t go away. In the meantime, 2FA services, password managers, and even physical security keys are essential for staying safe online.

If you don’t know whether or not you have Google 2FA protocols active on your account, you can click here to check.

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