How to activate Gmail two-step authentication

3 Oct 2012
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

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.

Get started

Get started

Open your Google account, then Gmail Settings | Accounts and Import | Change Account Settings | Other Google Account Settings | Security | 2-step Verification.

Choose phone

Choose phone

Select the phone to which you want your one-time password (OTP) codes sent.

Wait

Wait

Wait for a code to be sent your handset, then enter it here.

Is it safe?

Is it safe?

Decide if you can trust the computer you are working from. If not, make sure you follow the Google advice and create some backup options to enable account access if your phone is lost or stolen.

Confirm

Confirm

Confirm that you want to enable 2SA for your Google account. You’re nearly done.

Generate passwords

Generate passwords

Finally you will need to generate new passwords for those apps that don’t support 2SA just yet. This takes a while if you have lots of apps requiring Google account access, but it only needs to be done once for each of them.

Apps

Apps

Finally, you can download an iPhone/Android/BlackBerry app that will generate access codes for you without using SMS for when you have no phone network access.

How to activate Gmail two-step authentication

How to activate Gmail two-step authentication

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