“At Google, keeping you safe online is our top priority, so we continuously invest in new tools and features to keep your personal information safe, including your passwords. We are already making password management easier and safer, and we’re providing a sneak peek at how our continued innovation is creating a future where one day you won’t need a password at all.”
While a password-less future for your Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs account might still be a little way off, Google announced a change that will kick-in much sooner.
Google already offers two-step verification as an optional extra to protect your account. For those who don’t know, two-step verification means a username-password alone isn’t enough to gain access to an account. To login successfully, you’ll also need to input a randomly generated code, which is sent somewhere that only the account owner would have access – like a separate email address, a mobile phone number, or a smartphone app like Google Authenticator.
While two-step verification is currently voluntary for all Google account owners, that is set to change. In the near future, Google plans to make two-step verification mandatory for all accounts. Before that happens, Google says it plans to improve some of its multi-factor authentication methods.
To make getting your hands on that uniquely-generated code a little easier, Google plans to build security keys into Android devices and via the Google Smart Lock app for iOS. So, you won’t need to have a mobile signal …you’ll be able to use your phone itself as verification that it really you trying to login to your account.
And while passwords are living on borrowed time, Google acknowledges they’re likely to be around for a little while longer.
Google recently added a Password Import feature, which lets you upload up to 1,000 passwords at a time from various third-party websites or apps for free.
Risher concludes, “Features like Password Import, Password Manager and Security Checkup – combined with authentication products like Sign-in with Google – reduce the spread of weak credentials. All are examples of how we’re working to make your online experience safer and easier – not just on Google, but across the web. One day, we hope stolen passwords will be a thing of the past, because passwords will be a thing of the past, but until then Google will continue to keep you and your passwords safe.”
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed