Google says it is planning to automatically enroll users in two-step verification to better keep their customers secure. The news comes on World Password Day, a global holiday dedicated to good password security and best practices.
Currently, users can opt to enroll in Google’s extra credential verification process that sends prompts to their phone whenever they sign in, but the company will soon begin automatically enrolling users in the two-step verification process if their accounts are properly configured.
“Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone,” the company said in a blog post.
Further, Google says it is building advanced security technologies into devices to make multi-factor authentication seamless and even more secure than a password. This includes building security keys directly into Android devices and a Google Smart Lock app for iOS that help enable people to use phones as another form of authentication.
Google also highlighted other ways it is helping to secure accounts, including a recently launched Password Import feature that allows users to upload up to 1,000 passwords at a time from third-party sites into the company’s Password Manager, which is built directly into Chrome Android and iOS.
Going forward, Google imagines a world with fewer instance of stolen passwords because of a move away from passwords.
“By taking this step you can ensure that all of your passwords are protected by our advanced security and privacy technology,” the company said in the post. “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.”