Google wants your phone number for “recovery” purposes

Google Accounts wants phone number

When logging into my Google Account today I was met with a suggestion from Google that I should hand over my phone number for ‘recovery’ purposes. While I’m happy to hand over most things to Google, my phone number is something I give out very selectively. As you can see password recovery is already dealt with via a secondary email address, a common solution used by a lot of online services.

Yes, this is optional, so don’t feel pressured to give up your phone number. If you consider receiving your recovery code via SMS a valuable service, then go right ahead. Naturally, if you have an Android phone, Google pretty much already has your number anyway.

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Jason Cartwright
Jason Cartwright
Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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