Enable 2-Step Verification in Your Google Account

With 2-Step Verification, you add an extra security layer to your application / account with the help of Device Recognition, OTP Verification or Google authenticator app. Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he’ll still need your phone or Security Key to get into your account.

Google is automatically enrolling users to use the 2-step verification (2SV) feature starting November 9.

What is 2-step verification

2SV or 2-Step verification is a security feature that requires an additional verification method despite entering your password. For example, If you have enabled 2SV and you login to your account from unknown device, Google will prompt a confirmation code or “Yes/No” to your signed-in device.

How to Enable 2SV

Fortunately, setting up 2SV with a Google Account is simple and painless. Although Google will automatically enable this feature if you have a verified device, you may want to sign in and enable it in advance to configure the necessary settings. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Login and Go to your Google account security preferences. You can get there by going to your Google account, hitting your photo in the top right, and selecting “Manage your Google account.“
  • Move to the Security tab, either in a side-scrolling menu on the top of the screen or on the left-hand side in a menu.
  • In the “Signing in to Google” section, tap on 2-Step Verification.
  • Enter your password to confirm it’s you and hit Get Started on the next page where Google explains 2-Step Verification.
  • The next page shows you what devices you’ll be able to use to sign in. These are devices Google has deemed secure based on your login history. If the list looks right, hit Continue.
  • Verify your current phone number as a backup option then enter the code sent to you in order to verify that number.
  • Lastly, hit Turn On and you’re done! Google 2-Step verification has been set up.

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