activate two-step verification for Google Account

Don’t lose your Google info or Gmail archives to a password hack. Set up two-step authentication to protect your most important assets. Your account will be much more secure.

2-Step Verification is an additional layer of security for your Googleaccount. Rather than relying solely on your password to protect you from hackers, there’s now an additional step that would require an outside party to have your mobile phone as well. Without the mobile phone, the password itself is useless.

Now, every time you want to log in to your Google account (Gmail, Play store, etc), the service will send a single code to your Authenticator app. Once you add the code and your password, you’ll be granted access.

What is two-step authentication?

Two-step authentication is the most prevalent way to secure your accounts: It asks you to authenticate that you are who you say you are by supplying not only your password, but a unique code supplied from your phone or an external app. It ensures that those accessing your accounts have access to your physical devices as well as your virtual passwords, and makes a simple password crack or social engineering hack a lot more insufficient in actually accessing your personal data.

Here’s how to set it up.

How to set up your Google account with two-step authentication

1. Open the 2-Step Verification page and click Get Started.

activate two-step verification for Google Account

2. Log in to your Google account, if needed.

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3. Add your mobile phone number and select Text message or Phone call to complete the step. Click Try It to send.

activate two-step verification for Google Account

4. Enter the code Google sends and click Next.

activate two-step verification for Google Account

5. Click Turn On to enable 2-Step Verification.

activate two-step verification for Google Account

6. Go back to the 2-Step Verification page and click Authenticator app to set up the application.

activate two-step verification for Google Account

Once you’ve added your account, use the code generated by your app of choice to activate two-step code generation back on the original service.