Google says they do and did a test to prove it!
Our research shows that simply adding a recovery phone number to your Google Account can block up to 100% of automated bots, 99% of bulk phishing attacks, and 66% of targeted attacks that occurred during our investigation.
That is comforting. All the talk is not empty. It really makes a difference. Makes you want to keep at it.
Google Security joined forces with New York University and UC San Diego researchers to get some specifics on whether following the prescribed security regimen makes a difference.
If you haven’t set up a recovery phone number or email address, you need to. Seriously. Google offers five similar steps you can proactively take to stay safe. The fifth step is a provided check-up link that “gives you personalized and actionable security recommendations that help you strengthen the security of your Google Account, and it only takes two minutes to complete.”
Worth the price of subscription. Yes. I know we have no subscription fee for RTN. My thinking was that such a checkup is priceless!