How to Activate and Turn On 2-Step Verification on Google Accounts

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Google has recently added an extra layer of security to all Google accounts. This tutorial will show you how to turn on 2-step verification to your Google account in order to make it virtually and practically hacker-proof. But what is the 2-step verification? As stated on this Official Google Blog article, 2-step verification is nothing else than a stronger security feature that will protect all Google accounts in a more effective way. In fact, it is a very frequent, bad habit to re-use specific, common passwords for a lot of accounts on the Internet, without talking about different methods used by “ill-intentioned” users to hack passwords directly from Google itself. Google 2-step verification requires two different and independent factors for authentication: your password, plus a code obtained using your phone. Let’s see how to activate such a feature.

  1. Go to to official Google account page.
  2. Login to your Google account.
  3. Go to the  Personal Settings section located on the right pf the main page.
  4. Click the Using the 2-step verification.
  5. Pick the cell phone model you wish to use from the drop down menu labeled “Select a phone” (such as Blackberry, Android etc.).
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Follow the next easy steps which will change depending on your phone model (Android, Blackberry, iPhone).
  8. The 2-step verification is enabled and turned on. From now on, every time you want to login to any of your Google accounts (such as Adsense, Gmail, Adwords, Google Docs etc.) you will be asked your original password and a credential confirmation you will have to verify on the Google login page, that will be sent to your phone.

Further details can be reached via this Google Support page.

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