Google Recommends 2-Step Process To Protect Your Account [News]

Bakari Chavanu 24-11-2011

Google authenticatorMost savvy Internet users probably have at one at least Google account – mainly because Google, for good or bad, crosses paths with so many other websites that it’s hard to avoid not using the services and apps it has to offer. If you use your Google sign-in ID for multiple websites, and/or sign into Google Mail from public or shared computers, you should definitely make sure the account is secure. To better protect your account, Google offers a 2-step verification process designed for your Gmail account. If you haven’t already been requested to use it, here is how it works.


Google says this optional verification procedure is designed to “protect your account even it’s stolen or cracked.” To get started, follow the instructions here, or sign into your Google account > Settings page, and under Security, click “Using 2-Step verification”. It is best to start the process on a computer you use on a regular basis so that you can also authenticate that computer as part of the process. The verification will be remembered on your computer for 30 days. You will also need a landline or mobile phone to receive a text message or phone call for the verification code.


If you’re a Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone user, you can also download a Google Authenticator app which saves you the trouble of doing the authentication process by computer and SMS message. For extra measure, Google also advises that you print backup verification codes in case your phone is lost or stolen.

Source: Mashable


Related topics: Gmail, Google, Online Security.

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  1. Tempaccount
    December 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I think they want that just to track users.... you need to register a computer that keeps the verification valid for 30 days.

  2. Bakari Chavanu
    November 27, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for all your feedback, guys. The only annoying thing I find about this password protection is that you currently need to validate a separate password for each of your mobile apps that use your Google account for login. So for now, I have turned off the feature. I need to investigate it more.

  3. Alex
    November 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    So now when you lose your phone, you also won't be able to send everyone annoying emails asking them to send you their contact details.

  4. Xabier Ochotorena
    November 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

    You don't need mobile coverage for using it!

  5. njw
    November 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Great for those who have mobile coverage. Not so good for those like me who aren't!

  6. tala chan
    November 25, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Thank lots, i did not need to used 1password, keepass did not need to make 99 password ahah thank

  7. Johann
    November 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Hopefully more and more sites will start
    adopting this. And by this I mean the actual Google Authenticator
    itself, not making their own apps. Lastpass has already adopted it and I
    have seen some pretty simple python online which allows you to
    integrate it with your own web logon procedures pretty simply.
    Google also released UNIX PAM modules so you can add even use it for 2-step on your own *NIX servers.
    It’s like being able to add virtual RSA tokens to all your systems for free. Great stuff.