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DON’T HAVE YOUR ACCOUNT HIJACKED. SECURE YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS WITH MORE THAN A PASSWORD, SAYS GOOGLE
Research published at the end of last week argues that the typical user can significantly harden the security of their online accounts by linking a recovery phone number that can send an alert if there is suspicious activity on the account. The research, conducted by a team from Google alongside researchers from New York University and the University of California, San Diego, found that when a Google account was linked to a phone, account takeover attacks by automated bots were prevented 100% of the time. What is more, as a blog post from Google’s security team describes, there’s clear evidence that using two-step verification via a smartphone can help prevent the majority of vast majority of even targeted account takeover attacks: The research, which examined over 350,000 real-life hijacking attempts on a sample of 1.2 million users, underlines the importance of being proactive in using *some* method to protect your online accounts – even if you aren’t prepared to enable two-step verification or Google’s Advanced Protection feature for users who might be at most risk. READ MORE