Google had announced two-step verification for some of its Google Apps accounts back in September 2010. Now it is rolling out this extra security feature for all Gmail users. This is a good step as it means two sets of verification instead of just one which is the password.
The second verification step will be a code sent through a SMS on your phone. It is highly unlike for a hacker to be in possession of both your password and your phone, so this security measure will be almost foolproof.
- Once you sign-in to your Google Account, just look up Account settings page.
- Here there is a new link to enable 2-Step verification (as seen in image above).
- Here you will be prompted to enter your mobile phone number and a verification code sent. From then on you need to use your password and also the verification code.
- A feature to remember your code for 30 days is also available.
Why is 2-step verification better?
Most people will be happy with just a password as their security. But now a days it’s not just your email that is managed with a google account. We have photos, access to various apps and so many other important services with Google that having 2 step verification is a much desired feature.
What are your views on 2-step verification with Google? Will you opt for it, especially for accounts which are linked to Adsense? Do drop in your comments.
Source: Google Blog