Google wants your phone number — should you provide it?
Damon McCoy, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon and Ph.D. student Periwinkle Doerfler contributed to the research cited in the this article.
… The reading in question being a posting on the Google security blog by researchers Kurt Thomas and Angelika Moscicki. They looked at research conducted by Google in association with New York University and the University of California to try and determine the impact that basic account hygiene can have on security. The year-longh study covered both the broader threatscape as well as targeted attacks and determined that one simple security proactive measure can prevent the vast majority of account hijacking attempts.