Gmail warning: Google is making a giant change to your e mail account this month
If you use Gmail to send email to friends and family, your account may change radically in the coming days. Google announced earlier this year that it would switch millions of users to a new and more secure way of signing in to their accounts, and it now appears that this upgrade is imminent.
Reports flood that this month Google will require users to use a new two-step verification system, with some accounts updated as early as November 9th.
If you didn’t already know, two-step verification makes security much more secure as you need more than just a password to access an account.
Trying to log into your inbox still requires you to type that usual secret phrase, but then Google sends a second message, usually to your phone, to check that you’re really trying to log in.
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Google explained more about its decision to enable this security update: “The personal information in online accounts is valuable to hackers. Password theft is the most common way accounts are compromised.
“For example, fraudulent messages or similar looking websites often trick people into giving away their passwords. These password steal scams are widespread and even experts are sometimes fooled.
“Logging in with a password and a second step on your phone protects against scams that steal the password. Even if someone gets your password online, they won’t have your phone.”
There is no official word from Google about when all users need to switch to the two-step confirmation, with the US company merely saying that individual users will be informed 7 days before the change goes into effect.
Google confirmed last month that more users should have this additional security by the end of 2021, with the words: “By the end of 2021 we plan to automatically enroll another 150 million Google users in 2SV.”
According to Android Police, some users have now started receiving the email stating that they will soon need more than just a password to access their emails.
That suggests that Google is preparing for a big push to switch everyone to this new way of signing in, whether they like it or not.