Monday, February 14, 2011

Advanced sign-in for Google accounts

Google has developed an advanced opt-in security feature called 2-step verification that makes your Google Account significantly more secure by helping to verify that you're the real owner of your account.

2-step verification requires two independent factors for authentication, much like you might see on your banking website: your password, plus a code obtained using your phone. Over the next few days, one will see a new link on their Account Settings page that looks like this:account settings page

It will take time to carefully set up 2-step verification— it may take up to 15 minutes to enroll. A user-friendly set-up wizard will guide one through the process, including setting up a backup phone and creating backup codes in case you lose access to your primary phone. Once you enable 2-step verification, you'll see an extra page that prompts you for a code when you sign in to your account. After entering your password, Google will call you with the code, send you an SMS message or give you the choice to generate the code for yourself using a mobile application on your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone device. The choice is up to you. When you enter this code after correctly submitting your password Google will have a pretty good idea that the person signing in is actually you.

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Seems complicated but actually a service to get more secure on the web.

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