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Google Is Adding Two Step Authentication To A Certain Number Of Popular YouTube Content Creators

Google-owned video hosting platform has recently announced that, soon enough, signing into YouTube will also require two step authentication to fully work.

Google's been keeping their hand steady on security measures for quite a while now. This author's sure that the two step authentication process for logging onto a new device with one's Gmail account has proved to be more hassle than help. Yet, especially in today's cyber crime world, two step authentication seems almost necessary. After all, Google doesn't want any user getting hacked or scammed, and immediately passing the blame onto the company. Too much of a hassle, and far too many online scammers to deal with. So, in lieu of that, Google prudently introduced multi step authentication.

Two step authentication, for the unaware individual, is a two step process to access one's account. For Gmail accounts, it typically requires signing in with a username and password combo, followed by a verification on another device with the Gmail account on it. The latter may come in the form of numerical matching, authentication code, and so on. Overall Google's added multiple methods of two step authentication, so as to provide its userbase with multiple options, thus not being bound to or stuck with any singular one. Now, while Google accounts don't require this all the time, there are certain features and caveats which lead to two step authentication being required. The most common example is logging into a new device using an older account.
Naturally, what with Google owning YouTube, two step authentication with the latter seemed nearly inevitable. YouTube's an incredibly popular video sharing platform, and is accordingly also susceptible to scam, spam, and phishing attacks. Just as ads seem to be more and more common, so are incidents of cyber crime, individual or otherwise. However, its implementation in YouTube isn't so cut and dry. In fact, two step authentication won't prove to be necessary for much of the general community. Two step authentication will be limited to popular, monetized accounts, as well as accounts logging into the YouTube Studio. Therefore, there's no need to worry about the bother that two step verification bring with them. This might end up being smooth sailings for the general YouTube community.

The feature is expected to go live on the 1st of November, 2021.

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