is trying hard to get businesses and end users to migrate from
productivity suites like Microsoft Office which are tied to a
specific machine and move to cloud-based offerings like Google Docs.
So far, Google claims that 3 million businesses have made the move to
Google Docs.In an effort to make Google Docs more secure,
Google has unveiled a new
security feature for access to the service. In the Google
Apps Premiere, Education, and Government editions, the administrator
can now force end-users to sign in using a combination of their
password and a verification code provided on a mobile phone. This
combination allows the two-step verification process using something
the user knows and something the user has.The idea is to make
the service more secure by limiting the ability of phishing scams and
hacks that might steal a password from a user unable to access the
account unless they also have the users phone to get the one time
security code. Google states that the new system allows this sort of
protection for the first time without expensive hardware and complex
rollouts on the businesses side.Google also states that the
two-step verification process will be rolled out to Standard Edition
users and hundreds of millions of other users in the coming months.
addition to the new verification process, Google is also showing off
new mobile editing for Google Docs from the Android platform and from
the iPad. The addition of editing for mobile users on Android or the
iPad will extend the number of devices that can access remotely.
docs allows as many as 50
users to work on a single document and make changes at the
same time. Google makes extensive use of HTML5 for the software.