[foaf-protocols] Google Brings Two-step Authentication to Google Apps

Melvin Carvalho melvincarvalho at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 13:20:44 CEST 2010


Google Brings Two-step Authentication to Google
Apps<http://feeds.mashable.com/%7Er/Mashable/%7E3/ciDTyCoE0GM/>Google
has announced a new, more secure account verification for its online
services at its Google Atmosphere event in Paris.

Initially launched for Google Apps Premier, Education and Government
Edition, the new two-step authentication enables administrators to add an
extra layer of security to user logins by requiring a combination of a
password and a verification code provided through the users’ mobile phones.

The system works in the following way: the user types in their login name
and password, and then he/she has to type in an additional code generated by
a mobile application, similar to generating code with a token, often seen in
internet banking applications.

According to Google<http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/three-million-businesses-have-gone.html>,
the feature will be added to Google Apps Standard Edition as well as
individual Google users in the coming months. Also, Google promised to
launch mobile editing in Google Docs for Android and the iPad “soon”.

Google also mentioned that 3 million businesses (and 30 million users within
those businesses) are now using their messaging and collaboration tools.
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