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Google to introduce mandatory MFA for users

Google plans to make multifactor authentication (MFA) compulsory for Google account holders to better protect them from compromise in an increasingly dangerous and sophisticated threat landscape.

Announced by Mark Risher, Google director of product management, identity and security, to coincide with World Password Day, the change reflects the increasing vulnerability of traditional single password-based authentication to malicious actors.

“In 2020, searches for ‘how strong is my password?’ increased by 300%,” wrote Risher in a blog post. “Unfortunately, even the strongest passwords can be compromised and used by an attacker – that’s why we invested in security controls that prevent you from using weak or compromised passwords.

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