Google Releases Data Showing The Importance Of Recovery Phone Numbers

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Google Releases Data Showing The Importance Of Recovery Phone Numbers

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Most users know how frustrating remembering multiple passwords can be. An increasing number of services these days require users to sign up with their phone numbers and email addresses. Two-factor authentication is a another security feature which is gaining popularity these days. In two-factor authentication, users first need to login with their credentials and then enter the OTP received on their device to securely access their accounts. The latest data released by Google depicts how effective can some of the aforementioned security techniques be.

The year long study on security attacks was presented by the company at a gathering of experts and policy-makers, called the Web conference. Google’s research stated that adding a recovery phone number can block up to 100% of all automated bots, 99% of all bulk phishing attacks and 66% of targeted security attacks. This study was carried out with researchers from New York University and the University of California, San Diego primarily to highlight how basic “account hygiene” can keep accounts safe.

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The American technology giant also highlighted the difference between SMS-based login and on-device prompt-based login techniques. As per Google, an SMS verification code sent to the recovery phone number blocked 100% of all automated bots, 96% of bulk phishing attacks and 76% of targeted attacks. On the other hand, on-device prompts helped in averting 100% of all automated bots, 99% of bulk phishing attacks and 90% of targeted attacks. As deduced, using on-device prompts for logging into accounts is almost 14% more secure than using OTPs for login. 


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