Google 2-Step Verification
Google 2-Step verification is an excellent way to protect your Google account from hackers or suspicious logins. Similar to your financial institution or credit card, 2-Step verification uses a specialized one-time code to verify that the person logging into your account is in fact you. The code can be sent to you via text, a phone call, or using a special app on your smartphone. Backup codes can also be printed and stored in your wallet if necessary.
Native Google 2-Step verification includes the following options:
- Code sent to your phone via text
- Code sent to your phone via phone call
- Code generated on your phone via Authentication App (such as Google Authenticator, or Duo)
- Android device - automated pop-up to verify identity
- iPhone device - automated pop-up to verify identity (via Google App or Gmail App)
- Security key that you can insert into your computer's USB port ( for instance, Yubico Security Key )
- Google Smart Lock App to use Android or iPhone device as a security key (requires Bluetooth and Chrome on the device you're authenticating on)
- Backup single-use codes that you can save for use when you won't have access to other methods of verification
- IMPORTANT: Enable multiple options, to allow for situations when your first method of verification is not available
Click on the image below to get started, or open https://www.google.com/landing/2step/.