21 May 2019
Have you ever been irritated with Google’s two-step verification system as well as its recovery phone number? Well, while it is admittedly cumbersome, it does prevent attempts at hacking and phishing. In an attempt to prove that it’s totally worth the extra effort and time involved, Google has collaborated with New York University and the University of California, San Diego.
Needless to say, the results of the study revealed how beneficial this actually is. According to this study:
simply adding a recovery phone number to your Google Account can block up to 100% of automated bots, 99% of bulk phishing attacks, and 66% of targeted attacks that occurred during our investigation.
Have a look at the image below to get a better understating of just how well Google’s advanced protection program works.
While this type of security system does prevent against automated bots and phishing attacks, what it really does well is prevent against targeted attacks. These kinds of attacks are much more sophisticated and specifically target your account masking as friends and family.
There is an alternative to a system like adding a recovery phone number. This is what Google calls “knowledge-based challenges”. Sadly, some of these questions proved too tough for users which makes its phone number verification system a better choice. If safety of your account matters to you then this is the best you can get at this point of time.