Two-factor authentication (2FA) has been available for a while now thanks to Google. It is a solution that allows Internet users to better protect their accounts and identifiers on the web. Actually, there is nothing worse for a user than being hacked.
Halving Hacks with Two-Factor Authentication
Since the creation of two-factor authentication, Google has continued to use its system to protect Internet users’ accounts. For the year 2021, the firm announced that it has exploited this technology by default for over 150 million Internet users.
The results for the respective year are encouraging. In fact, according to Google’s findings, the number of compromised accounts has been halved. So the 2FA system appears to be a real success statistically.
All this will result in automating the 2FA plan for the users. Of course, this doesn’t completely secure your account from being potentially hacked. That’s what reinforces its desire to continue its efforts to improve Google’s security system.
We should therefore soon have new tools to better secure our accounts and our internet browsing.
The 2FA function already seems to prove its effectiveness. However, some Internet users quickly get tired of the protocol. Indeed, this system requires more steps to follow than the normal procedure. During a classic connection, a site will only ask you for your e-mail address and a password. This practice has many flaws and increases the risk of remote or internal hacking.
In the case of the 2FA protocol, you will have to identify yourself twice. An additional step will be used to properly confirm the user. This can be done in different ways:
- Sending a unique code by SMS or a code that can be used for a limited period.
- The use of a rolling code with validation on another device, such as pairing on mobile.
- The use of an authentication application.
Other tools exist to perform two-factor authentication.
On the other hand, Google continues to improve existing protection systems. For this year, the American giant wants to strengthen security protocols on accounts and sensitive (or high-risk) users. This concerns people involved in the electoral process, journalists, or even humanitarian workers.
In the process, the firm provides improved protection for better security when browsing the internet. Next month, Google will therefore introduce Account Level Enhanced Safe Browsing.
Security measures to better protect personal data are improving day by day. However, the risks of hacks will always exist.