Disable Hacking With Google 2-Step Verification
Google knows everything; that you have heard a lot! Now it’s time to rephrase this and alert you with the fact that “Hackers know everything” as well.
Google verification, in other words known as Two-step authentication is a process by which a security layer is built on your account. Whether you’re using Gmail for email or its suit apps, setting up your account with Google 2-Step verification is like putting a security guard that would not let anyone else enter in your account. This is highly essential, as you might have read the story of Mat Honan. The tale that explains where his Amazon, Apple, Gmail, and Twitter accounts were hacked and his digital life was eradicated. If you haven’t, then you need to read it!
While you acknowledge yourself with that, here’s what you can do to get started with protecting your personal data with Google Account Verification.
1. Enable Google Verification
2. Set up Backups
The two-step verification process starts with you entering your regular password and a single use, six digit Google verification code. Google verification text code is immediately sent to your cell phone, which you’re asked to verify to precede with log-in process. This way you log-in with two steps, so even if your password gets cracked by a hacker, he would need physical possession of your cell phone to get the code.
Here’s how you add Google Verification to your account:
- To get started Log-in to your Gmail account, with your Gmail credentials
- Check and confirm for the phone number listed is the current cell phone number. Once the phone number gets set, you would need to decide how you would want the passcode to be received; via text, voice or mobile app.
- Once you’re done with doing the settings you can then test out the system. Click “Send code”, and a verification code will arrive on your phone in a matter of seconds. Enter that code and hit “Verify”, then “Next”.
- The last thing that you’ll be asked is to confirm if you’re using a trusted computer. If you answer Google “to trust it”, then you won’t have to follow the Two-step Authentication process from that specific machine. The computer you put as non-trusted would require both the password and the two-step verification code whenever you would log in to your account.
- Finally click the red button to turn on 2-step verification and then re-enter your password.
One thing you don’t want to forget is keeping a backup plan. In case if you lose your phone, you can add a second phone number to two-step authentication.
To do this, go to Google’s Accounts > Security page and click the Edit button next to 2-step verification to add a backup number.
The Google Authenticator app for mobile is available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry platforms.