According to a new blog post by search giants, passwords are the biggest threat to cybersecurity because they are easy to steal, hard to remember, and tedious to manage. While many users try to come up with long and complex passwords, this can also compromise their security because they are more likely to use the same password again with multiple online accounts. If one account is compromised, all of their accounts are vulnerable.
Therefore, many users have begun to trust password generators create strong, complex passwords and password managers store them securely online. The most modern browsers, including Google Chrome, has built-in password management software, but if you’re looking for extra security, you can always sign up for a paid service like LastPass.
Google’s password management is completely free, and one of the best things is that it’s integrated with the company’s one-click Security check which tells you if any of your passwords have been compromised or involved in security breaches.
One of the best ways to protect your online accounts is to enable another form of verification, as it will allow them to confirm that you are actually trying to sign in.
Google has been doing this for years by asking users to sign up for 2-step verification (2SV) to confirm that they are really them, by tapping the smartphone prompt every time they log in. Soon, however, the company will automatically start registering users to 2SV if their account is set up correctly.
At the same time, Google is also building advanced security technologies on devices to make multi-factor authentication seamless and even more secure than a password. For example, a company has built security keys directly to Android devices and brought the Google Smart Lock app to iOS so users can use their phone as a secondary authentication format.
Mark Risher, Google’s director of product management, identity, and user security, explained a blog post that until we move to a the future of the passwordless, the company will continue to work to protect users’ passwords, saying:
“One day, we hope stolen passwords are a thing of the past because passwords are a thing of the past, but until then, Google will keep you and your password safe.”