How To Protect Your Google Account With 2-Step Verification

There is a very good chance that just about all of you who read this have at least one Google account, be that Gmail, Google+, Google Drive or any of the other services now provided by the search giant. But have you protected them with 2-step verification yet?

If not then this guide will show you how to do just that, quickly and simply.

To get started firstly visit http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/2step/ –

2FA

Click on the Get Started button that you can see at the bottom of the page –

get-started

Now sign into your Google account using your email address and password.

Next, click on Start setup that you can see on the right hand side of your screen –

start-setup

At this point you will be asked about your phone. With 2-step verification you will be sent a code that will have to be entered every time that you try to access your Google account from a device that you haven’t previously ‘trusted’.

Enter your phone number and choose whether you would like to receive your call via a text message or voicemail –

choose-phone

Shortly afterwards you will receive a code from Google via your chosen delivery method. Enter this into the box seen below and then click on Verify.

verify-phone

The next step is to set up a trusted computer. By doing so you will always have at least one device from which you can access your Google account without the need for a code. This means you will still be able to sign in if you lose your code and will save much annoyance when using your main device. Do make sure that  you have proper access controls in place for this device though.

Once done, click on Next.

trusted-computer

Now the process is complete and you simply need to click on Confirm in order to switch on 2-step verification –

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You can remove 2-step verification from your account at any time by clicking on your account picture that appears in the top right hand corner of your Google pages. Here you will see a link called Account. Click on that and then click on Security.

Scroll down the page until you see this setting –

security

Click on Settings and then switch off 2-factor verification.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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