Google Announces that You will Not Be Able to Access Gmail Without Your Phone
Google has announced that from 9th November you will likely not be able to access your email without your smartphone nearby.
This is after the firm announced that the 2 step verification will now be default to all its millions of users globally.
Google originally introduced its effort to auto-enroll users into the two-factor authentication system back in May. But at the time, the company simply said the plan would be implemented “soon” without elaborating.
“After you enter your password, you’ll complete a second step on your phone. Keep your phone nearby when you sign in. 2-Step Verification will be turned on automatically on November 9. You can turn this on sooner if you want — your account is all set.” Read a statement by Google to its users
However, a two-factor authentication can stymie an intrusion attempt by requiring anyone logging in to provide a second mode of user verification, which usually involves generating a one-time passcode on the account holder’s smartphone. The passcode then has to be entered into the login window.
In Google’s case, the company will issue a prompt to the account holder’s smartphone after the correct password is successfully entered. Taping the word “yes” on the prompt will then complete the login process.