How to use Google accounts login 2-step verification

You may or may not know but Google recently rolled out 2-step verification or to us Internet security geeks – two-factor authentication. So if you use Gmail, Docs, Google Adsense or Analytics, you will be able to use this new security feature.

This is how it works: you will access your Google accounts with your username and password but Google will also send your mobile a One Time Password (OTP) – it’s that simple. You can see it’s the OTP feature (which some banks use for setting up online transfers and payments) that will really add a security benefit.

Google does also use SSL security for login as the first security layer, but what would happen if a hacker managed to hack into your account? They could send spam and malicious URLs from your account to your address book – not a nice thought for you or your friends! So, let me show you how you set this up:

  • Login to your Google account
  • Click on Settings
  • Click on the Accounts and Import TAB
  • Where it says Change account settings click on “Other Google Account settings”
  • A new browser window will open
  • On the right you will see Personal Settings
  • Under Personal Settings you will see Security and “Using 2-step verification”
  • Click on the Using 2-step verification link
  • Click on Set up 2-step verification (this will take about 15 minutes) and follow the screen prompts

Learn more about Google accounts 2-step verification

NOTE: Google 2-step verification isn’t enabled as default but I suggest if you value your identity status it should be! Also worth pointing out: Users can also tell Google to keep them logged in for 30 days, during which time they will not have to go through the two-step verification and log-in process.

How to use the 2-step verification

  • Login to your account with your username and password
  • Enter your verification code which is One Time Password (OTP) from your mobile

IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-browser applications and devices that use Google accounts (such as Gmail or Outlook) will stop working when 2-step verification is enabled. You will need to sign in with your username and a unique password you generated for that application. You will have to do this ONLY ONCE for each device or application. This process may stop some from enabling this feature but I hope users will see the added benefits.

Safe surfing folks!

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5 Responses to How to use Google accounts login 2-step verification

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  2. Jitendra says:

    Hello sir, one of my friend’s account has been hijacked by someone and he is not able to use it so can you help me to what i have to make it usable.

  3. Sureshbhai says:

    my gmail id OTP nombar not receive plz help

  4. Sureshbhai says:

    Not my OTP nombar richiv

  5. kowsh says:

    I am not recieving my otp in my mobile

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