Google – the tech giant–has recently taken an approach toward releasing data, showing effectiveness of some of the security techniques. It is frustrating to go through two-factor authentication or to recall multitudes of passwords every single time. The company itself promoted all these safety modes earlier to secure one’s account from malicious attacks. However, now the question arises how effective all these security methods are.
Google has published a research blog on the effectiveness of “basic account hygiene”. In that security blog, the company clearly talked about the positivity of linking a recovery phone number to one’s Google account. Moreover, the tech giant has confirmed that adding or linking a phone number with Google’s account ensures blocking of 100% automated bots. Not only does it protect the device against the automated bots but also works efficiently against approximately 66% of targeted attacks, and 99% of bulk phishing attacks. Google has further found out that all the occurrence of types of attacks at the time of investigation.
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Google’s blog post talks about the automatic account security techniques which the company has employed. These mostly include ‘device-based challenges’ and ‘knowledge-based challenges’. Google has categorized the verification of device’s last sign-in location and integrated secondary phone number under the knowledge-based challenges. Although, the company noticed that during the experiment, these specific challenges went vulnerable to the targeted and phishing attacks.
On the flip side, the ‘device-based challenges’ thwarted every type of automated and phishing attacks. Moreover, it performed significantly better against all the targeted attacks. In another experiment, Google observed user’s behavior pertaining to not recalling their secondary email addresses or not having access to their phones. The company later admitted that these were the reasons behind not making all the security measures compulsory for its accounts. However, the tech giant has assured that its Google Play Store will remain secure in the future.