How to activate Gmail two-step authentication

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 offer this security enhancement.

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

Get started

  1. Open your Google account.
  2. Go to Gmail Settings > Accounts and Import.
  3. Under Change Account Settings, click Other Google Account Settings.
  4. Click Security then under Signing in to Google click 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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