What is two step verification or 2 factor verification and why use it?
Basically, it is a system that requires your password and another item to gain access to an account.
Two step verification is becoming a preferred security method to access email and other online items that are often targeted by hackers.
Most services are moving toward sending numerical codes to your cellphone after you enter a password. Google’s G-Mail already offers this as well as many others. If you use an ATM you already use two factor authentication. You insert the card and then enter a pin number, for example.
The good news is you generally do not have to remember the pin number for these online services. They are sending the pin number to your phone when you start to log in after entering your password. Google even provides a smart phone app that you can bring up and enter in that pin after your password to gain access. The app is called Google Authenticator.
If a hacker gets your password they still cannot get into your account with out the second code.
It is recommended you embrace this 2 step verification for your own safety. It’s not hard to use after setup and it is another layer to protect you from them! Check the settings areas of your online accounts to see about setting up 2 factor verification where possible.
We referenced Google in this article so let’s give you a push in the right direction in setting up 2 factor verification with G-Mail. (Some images may change with various Google updates over time)
|First Sign into Google Account and access your ACCOUNT from the page at the top right. (highlighted in yellow),
(Like my fancy black out?)
Then click SECURITY on the left.
You will see the option 2-step verification. Click it and go through the instructions to register your phone with Google to receive the verification pin numbers.
If you have a smart phone there is an APP for that!
Stay safe and Secure!