Google security plan targets login authentication, hijacking

Google has released a draft of its next five-year plan for login authentication that tries to stay at least on par with criminal hackers, but recognizes that strong security requires industry collaboration.

The draft, which was released last week for security pros, may be discussed further at the Google I/O conference next week. It explores where Google might head following its first five-year plan, issued in 2008.

Over the last five years, the security landscape has changed dramatically with the broad adoption of smartphones, the rise in hijackings of website accounts, and the evolution in hacking techniques and tools that require innovation in defenses.

Two-factor authentication offered

This year, Google rolled out a two-step log-in process to attach a specific device to an account holder. The company is now considering becoming much more aggressive with the mechanism, which is currently optional.

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