Google (finally) gives everyone two-factor authentication

Email security filters down from Google Apps.

Google will roll out two-factor authentication for all account holders over the coming days, making good on a promise it made last year. Until now the second factor – a unique code often typically delivered via SMS — had been only available to Google’s Apps customers.

Two-factor authentication relied on knowledge of a password and possession of the device that receives a one-time code. It will make it tougher for criminals scouring social networks to crack users’ login credentials.

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