Turning on two factor authentication on your Google Account

Those that know me, know that I’m a huge fan of two factor authentication. For those that don’t know what two factor authentication is, it’s where when you sign into an online account, you enter your username and password to login as always, but when you login, you usually get sent a text message with a six digit code that you need to verify before you can access your account.

This way, even if your password gets compromised, another person cannot access your account without having access to your phone.

To turn on two factor authentication on your Google account:

  1. Go to http://gmail.com and sign in
  2. Select your avatar on the upper right hand corner (to the right of your email address) and select My Account
  3. Select Signing in to Google under “Sign-in & Security”
  4. Select Two-Step Verification
  5. Google will once again ask for your password, go ahead and enter it
  6. It will then ask for your phone number, type it in and click Next
  7. A verification code will be sent to your phone, type in that code and hit Next
  8. Finally click “Turn On”

And you’re done! Now every time you sign in from a new computer or device, you’ll need to verify that it’s truly you by entering the verification code. Most online services now offer two factor authentication such as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and most banks, I highly recommend turning it on wherever possible.

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