Google has auto enrolled 150 million users in 2-step verification

Google has auto enrolled more than 150 million users in 2-step verification after announcing the effort last year, noting in a release that the action has caused “the number of accounts hijacked by password theft decrease by 50%.”

The initiative also involved requiring 2 million YouTube users to enable it.  

“This decrease speaks volumes to how effective having a second form of verification can be in protecting your data and personal information. And while we’re proud of these initial results, and happy with the response we have received from our users and the community, we’re excited about other ongoing work we’re doing behind the scenes,” Google Chrome safety director Guemmy Kim said. 

“Today alone, billions of people around the world will use our products to help with things big and small – whether it’s paying for coffee with Google Pay or teaching an online class full of students – and it’s our responsibility to keep your personal information safe and secure. We know that your Gmail is often the link to accessing your non-Google accounts, for banking, social media, shopping and more. That’s why the security of Gmail is fundamental to our work to keep you safe online. By making all

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