Posted On 30 Jul 2019
If you want your personal information to be more secure, you should probably consider two-factor authentication (a.k.a. 2FA, two-step verification, TFA). When this is turned on, you not only need a login and password to access your accounts, you also have to enter a verification code sent to your phone. This is available for numerous online accounts, including Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and Gmail.
Security experts strongly recommend using two-factor authentication to prevent hackers accessing your emails and from that starting point going on to cause severe damage, for example by accessing details about your bank account and even changing your passwords.
Google provides two-factor authentication for all their offers (YouTube, G+, Google Drive, Gmail, etc.); if you want to use it you have to turn it on for all Google accounts you use, it can’t be set for Gmail alone.
If you want to set up two-factor authentication for your Google accounts, follow these steps:
– Navigate to the 2-Step Verification page in Google account and click on “Get started”
– Log into your Google account
– Provide your mobile number (or choose your mobile from the device list if you’ve already registered it), and click the “Try it Now” button
– Follow the instructions you will receive on your mobile device
– Select “Add a backup option”, which lets you choose an alternative means of signing in if your phone is lost
– Click “Next”
– Click “Turn On” and you are protected.
If you want to turn two-factor authentication off, you simply have to sign into your Google account, select two-step verification in the “Sign in & security” section, and select “Turn off”.