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How to activate Gmail two-step authentication

Passwords are only as strong as you make them, but there is an easy way to boost security on many web services, as Davey Winder explains

By Davey Winder, 3 Oct 2012 at 15:13

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As part of our feature on two-step authentication, and why you should enable it and use it today, we mention Google as one of the companies that offers this security enhancement.

So for the sake of your security, don't delay. Here, we take you step by step through setting up two-step authentication for your Gmail account.

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User comments


I use Two-Factor Authentication across a lot of my accounts. I feel a lot more secure when I can telesign into my account. If you have that option available to you use it, it is worth the time and effort to have the confidence that your account won't get hacked and your personal information isn't up for grabs. If you opt into 2FA, you will have to "Confirm your phone". You would receive a text message with a specific code to be entered into the system. If you don't want to do this every single time, you can designate your smartphone, PC, or tablet as a trusted device and they will allow you to telesign in without the text code. Should an attempt to login from an unrecognized device happen, it would not be allowed.

By Tamptrick on 4 Oct 2012

Could PC Pro also detail such services from Microsoft including when you add a new Windows 8 device and a text is sent etc?

By rhythm on 15 Oct 2012

More info

By rhythm on 15 Oct 2012

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