Google has announced a new way to secure and protect your Web and Activity page using a password. Your Web and Activity page shows all your activity from across Google services, including your searches, Google Assistant queries, and YouTube watch history. With this addition, it is now difficult for anyone who picks up your device to view your activity in your absence.
Some measures of protection would not do anyone any harm—especially with people snooping around the internet for information these days. It is a good one from Google; really encouraging to be honest.
To get started, you can go to activity.google.com, and click the Manage My Activity verification link. When you get there, select the Require Extra Verification option, save, and enter your password to confirm that you are the one trying to make the change.
Earlier in the month [May], Google announced that all users will be enrolled in its 2FA by default. Two-factor authentication also known as 2FA, is a more secure way of logging in to your account without the need for a password. You will receive a prompt on your smartphone to verify or authenticate that an attempt to login with your Google account is legitimate.
Google in a blog post, described “passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security.” The truth is that passwords have never really solved the problem when it comes to securing accounts. Regardless of the length and combinations, hackers always find a way around it more often than not.
“Many people believe that a password should be as long and complicated as possible – but in many cases, this can actually increase the security risk. Complicated passwords tempt users into using them for more than one account; in fact, 66% of Americans admit to using the same password across multiple sites, which makes all those accounts vulnerable if any one falls.”
Google has been encouraging the use of 2FA for some years now; and this is because it offers more security than using a password to access your account. Going forward, the tech giant says the feature will be available to all users by default.
Google also confirmed that it is building “advanced security technologies” into devices to make multi-factor authentication seamless and more secure that a password. For example, the company said it has built security keys directly into Android devices, and launched Google Smart Lock app for iOS. With this, you can now use your phone as your secondary form of authentication.