Forced two-factor authentication...?
I know I've made many rants here and there about aspects of modern-age tech including unnecessary changes to the Internet but, this needs to be said and hopefully, some of you can relate, and perhaps SomeGuy also if he sees this.
Many of you would know about a thing called two-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of security to your account on any site you're on, and it is entirely optional from what I've been seeing. Now, it seems that some companies are trying to force it on everyone should they log in from another computer or perhaps try making a new account. As someone who does not use a phone (and I have my reasons), this is entirely unfair.
So far, only Google tries to force it on people when I tried to sign in to my older Gmail account only for the site to ask for my phone number. It couldn't even give me other alternatives and by this, it's as if that and other companies (such as Facebook and Amazon) expect people to have a phone on them but let me say this, I know I'm not the only one. There could be the elderly that probably won't be entertained by this either, or anybody unfamiliar with tech in general. That's just like forcing everyone to use self-checkouts in a supermarket, or force everyone to use credit cards instead of physical money.
This would be a bigger problem for me if sometime in the future, I get a new system only then to find myself locked out from major sites and if that's how it's going to be, then fine. My internet activity would have to drop and I would have to remain a "ghost" in every site I browse, and that would be terrible. If two-factor authentication was possible on my Amazon Fire 7 tablet then that would be better. I don't want to use a bloody phone just to tell some site of who I am. Is choosing a strong password and a security question or two simply not good enough for you, Google? Besides, 2FA by use of a phone has more cons than pros anyway.
Hope I'm not the only one expressing his angst for it, because I'm not a happy bunny about it right now.