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Google Introduces 2 Step Verification For Google Accounts

By Pushkar Patil / February 11, 2011 / Google, Internet, Technology 699

Google has just introduced a new security measure for their accounts which promises to enhance your account’s protection. They are calling it the 2 step verification, and that is exactly what it is. 2 step verification essentially requires that a user supply a code in addition to their password. One can immediately see the strengths of such a system. Earlier, while only the password stood in the way of a hacker and your account, now an additional parameter of authenticity is required.

The user code is sent by Google to the user in any of the following 3 ways:

  • Using the Google Authenticator app available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry
  • via SMS
  • via a phone call

The code that is sent is for a single use only, but you have the option of letting Google remember it for a period of 30 days. To activate 2 step verification on your Google account, log into your Google account and go the account settings section. Then go to the security section under personal settings and check the box that reads “Using 2-step verification”. Google will then walk you through its setup guide, where you add your phone details so that you can receive your code. That’s it. You are now officially twice as secure as before!

When I last checked, I was told that “This is an advanced feature. 2-step verification for this account will be available soon.”, so keep checking to see when you can bolster your account’s security.