Secure your account with 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication). By setting this up, you add an additional layer of security to your Google account. It aids in protecting it from hackers and avoid security breach in case your password is stolen.
Besides solely relying on your password, two factor authentication is an extra step to fortify your account’s security that requires some external mean like mobile phone to help you connect to your account safely.
Methods to set-up 2 step verification
You can choose the following:
A prompt send by Google to your mobile phone logged in to the same account.
A verification code texted to your phone.
Or Authenticator app.
Signing in with Google prompts is the most convenient way to protect against phone number-based hacks and other SIM related issues like SIM swap.
Steps to set-up 2 step verification
Here are the simple steps for enabling this feature:
1. Login to your Google account
2. In the navigation panel on the left, click “Security“
3. Under “Signing in to Google“ section, select “2-Step Verification.” Then click “Get Started.”
Follow the on-screen steps.
4. Enter your mobile phone number and choose Text message or Phone call. Click “Try It.“
5. Enter the code Google sends on your phone and click “Next.”
6. Go back to the 2-Step Verification page and click “Set-up” Authenticator app.
7. Download Google Authenticator and open the app on your mobile device. Click Begin setup and then Scan Barcode with your phone
8. Enter the initial code which appears on your mobile phone app.
9. Choose whether you want to use “Google prompts“ or “Voice or text message.“ Prompts appear in the form of push notifications on Android phone and iphone signed in to your Google Account.
10. To confirm it was you trying to sign into your account, tap “Yes“ on the prompt. If you didn’t request the sign-in, tap “No“ to stop it.
If your account is affiliated with your work place or school, you won’t be able to set this feature up. In that case you need to contact administrator.
Additional verification methods include physical security keys, backup codes.
Once you are done with these steps, every time you wish to log in to your account (Gmail, Play store etc ), the service will generate and send a single use code to your Authenticator app or mobile phone. Only after adding both the code and your password, you will gain the access.
However, you can also make it to not prompt you again on your own computer by checking the box “Don’t ask again on this computer.”