Google has announced the expansion of its two-step verification (2SV) process auto enrolments for log-ins to enhance account security of its users and ensure safer Internet when online.
This is in commemoration of the World’s Safer Internet Day to keep internet users safe online.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that February 8 is marked across the world as Safer Internet day.
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It is a day to promote a more responsible use of online technology.
Dawn Dimowo, Government Affairs, Public Policy Manager, Google Nigeria, said in a statement on Tuesday, that the two-step verification initiative saw a 50 per cent drop in account breach.
Dimowo said the breaches dropped for 150 million Gmail and two million YouTube creator accounts.
She said that the 2SV introduces use of mobile phones to confirm a users’s identity every time one accesses their Google Account from a different device.
According to her, aligning with this year’s global Safer Internet Day theme, “Together for a better Internet”, Google is actively working on new technologies.
Dimowo said that the technologies would provide a secure, seamless sign-in experience and eliminate reliance on passwords that have turned out to be a major cause for data breaches and phishing attempts.
‘’Users often find passwords hard to remember and have to update them regularly.
“We don’t just plug security holes; we work to eliminate entire classes of threats for people who depend on our services.
‘’Today alone, billions of people around the world will use our products to help with things big and small from conducting e-payment transactions or teaching an online class full of students.
‘It is our responsibility to keep users’ personal information safe and secure,” Dimowo said.