9/21/2010

Google adds extra security step to e-mail, apps

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 5:52 am

Google Inc. is making it tougher for computer hackers and other imposters to break into e-mail accounts and other password-protected services.

An additional security measure introduced Monday will require typing a six-digit code after an accountholder’s Google password is entered. The codes will be sent to people’s mobile phones.

The two-step process means it will take more than a password to get into an account, at least the first time that an attempted login is made from a particular computer. After logging in, users can ask Google to remember that their identity has been verified on that device and security codes won’t be required to get into the account again.

I think this security measure raises privacy concerns about giving out their phone number to Google, which already holds too much private information. Up until now associating your phone number with your Google account was not mandatory, and not many users used it. This way Google is forcing users to give out their phone number

 

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