Google standardizes two-step verification (2SV) for signing into services such as Gmail.

Google is in the process of necessitating more and more accounts to use two-factor authentication. The tech giant has been working on this process for some time and, in its own words, wants to improve security for its end users and the use of its services. Initially, only accounts that had the appropriate backup mechanisms in their security and privacy settings were automatically equipped with two-factor authentication. Now, all accounts will gradually adjust.

Rollout to phone users

Two-factor authentication has also been rolled out to a new batch of accounts that have logged into Google via cell phones. These users have been notified by email that 2FA will be automatically activated as of November 9, 2021.

This, according to the tech giant, will make Gmail, in particular, more secure. When end users log into Gmail and have entered a username and password, they must confirm the login with the cell phone they specified in the settings. Then they must follow the online instructions on that cell phone for a successful login.

More accounts on the horizon

By the end of this year, Google will automatically impose 2FA on another 150 million Google users. These users will then either have to confirm their login via a cell phone or even with the insertion of a physical security key in a device used for login. Through partners, Google has arranged to send more than 10,000 of these physical security keys to high-risk users this year.

In the coming weeks, end users of Google services will find out for themselves whether they are being pushed to 2FA.