Google is making another push on two-step verification for G Suite users by making its phone prompts the default login authentication method, displacing less secure methods like SMS and voice codes. The new policy takes effect the same day those prompts will start appearing on every device a user is signed into.
Keeping all your accounts secure is incredibly important, which is why we're running a series about how two-factor authentication can improve security, and how to enable 2FA on all your commonly-used accounts. An issue with legacy logins recently lead to hackers gaining access to 160,000 Nintendo Accounts, so it seems a good a time as any to explain how to set up two-factor authentication on Nintendo's online services.
Google started beefing up Nest account security last year after a string of embarrassing but entirely preventable hacks. Part of that effort was mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) for logins starting in spring 2020, and the time has come. Google says all Nest users will begin seeing 2FA prompts this month.
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Your online accounts (or at least, some of them) probably have troves of personal data in them, which is why hackers are constantly looking for ways to break into them. Passwords are usually their way in, as many people re-use passwords or choose common phrases. Even sharing the same password across two or more services can lead to trouble, as publicly-accessible password dumps become more common. Two-factor authentication, or 2FA for short, adds a second step to the login process that usually involves a temporary code or physical key — which makes it much harder for hackers to gain access to your accounts.
Adding two-factor authentication to your online accounts is a great way to stay secure, as it means an attacker will need more than just your password if they want to gain access to your data. Your Google account likely has a treasure trove of data, especially if you use Gmail, so it's probably one of the services you need to protect the most.
Smart security company Arlo is finally joining the ranks of Amazon's Ring and Google's Nest in requiring users of its products to go through two-step verification in order to authenticate access to their account. But when it comes to options for that second step, they may tally up a bit short for some people.
Following the mysterious "1 1" notification Samsung sent out a couple weeks back, the company admitted to a "small" data breach that affected a handful of customers, claimed to be less than 150. It may have been a minor blip, but the company apparently isn't taking any chances. Based on an update to the Samsung Account app rolling out now via the Galaxy Store, Samsung is now making two-factor authentication mandatory for all new logins.
Even though Google has supported using physical keys as two-factor authentication methods for years, the company released its Titan Security Key bundle in 2018 to streamline the process. The original kit came with two keys (one USB Type-A, the other Bluetooth), and Google later started selling a USB Type-C version. Now you can buy both the kit and the Type-C key in more countries.
Account security is always important, but that's especially true when you're talking about security cameras. These devices offer a window into your home, and you don't want anyone else peering through them. Camera hacks resulting from lax password security often make the news, and Google is looking to avoid that with a new account security measure. Starting this spring, all Nest accounts will require two-factor authentication.
Our digital security is tremendously important. With all the information stored online, and the necessity that the internet imposes on modern life, we must keep our most important accounts secure. One of the best ways to do that is via two-factor authentication, augmenting a password with a second identity challenge. With Android being the usual subject in these parts, and a Google account being a requirement to use Android to its utmost, do you have two-factor security set up on your primary Google account?