Your Gmail Account Is Vulnerable To Hackers, Here’s Why

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A survey shows that almost 90% of Gmail accounts are vulnerable to attacks by cyber criminals. Compromised passwords are the top way hackers gain access to accounts and all users- especially those in the enterprises.

Two-factor authentication is one of the most effective ways to protect online accounts. However, just 10% of active Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication which is one of the most effective ways to protect online accounts.

According to experts, hacking attempts in accounts without two-factor authentication is so high that hackers can easily get the entire company’s data by just logging into the mailbox of one employee. The hacker also gets the ammunition for future phishing attacks. It becomes imperative for firms to ensure all employees have enabled two-factor authentication.

Google first rolled out its two-factor authentication feature back in 2011, yet users have failed to adopt the safety measure in large numbers. The feature requires using a second step-often a single-use key or password-along with the account password to verify a user’s identity and allow them into their account.

Since, 2014, India has seen a spike in the numbers of cyber-attacks in the country. India witnessed more than 27,000 cyber-security threat incidents in the first half of 2017.

Over the years, Google has come up with a number of ways to make accounts immune to cyber-attacks but the two-factor authentication method remains the most effective one. According to experts, Google should have made it a mandatory feature for Gmail users.

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