Enable 2-step verification for your Google Account

With all the cyber threats and data breaches, you must take digital security more seriously than ever, especially if you are collaborating with others or managing accounts for others.

Google Account
https://admin.google.com/AdminHome

  1. In Google Mail “Manage this domain” Enable SSL
  2. Under “Security” Enable 2-step verification

https://www.google.com/settings/security

  • Download Google Authenticator app to your smartphone

 

Strengthen your security settings

Start by clicking the Gear icon at upper right of your inbox and select “Manage this domain”.

 

How to enable Google account security

 

In your Google Account Admin Console, click on Security.

 

How to enable Google account security

 

Click Basic settings.

 

How to enable Google account security

 

You want to make sure to check “Enable SSL” which helps you to use a secure connection when logging in via the web browser.

Then enable “Two-step verification” so you and your other account users can add the extra login security.

 

How to enable Google account security

 

Setup 2-step verification

The following is applicable whether you use Google Apps for Business or a standalone Gmail account.

While logged into your inbox, click the email address at top right then click “Account”.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Click the tab labeled “Security”.

If 2-step verification is Disabled, click the “Setup” link.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Click Start setup. You’ll need your cell phone for the remaining steps.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Follow the prompts. Enter your cell phone number so you can receive a verification code.

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Enter the verification code you received from Google via text message.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Follow the instructions.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Follow the instructions.

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Optional: Use Google Authenticator App

Rather than receiving a verification code via text message sent to your phone, you can use the Google Authenticator app for iPhone or Android. Why? I’ve noticed on my iPhone that the verification text message can be seen without getting past the phone’s screen lock. So that’s a risk in case my phone is lost. Using the app makes it more difficult for someone with physical access to the phone.

The app generates a new code every 30 seconds. There are other mobile apps and web services that you can use with Google Authenticator. (i.e., Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, Hootsuite, Salesforce — even Microsoft accounts for Outlook/BingAds/OneDrive.) So it might be more convenient for you to use the app if you manage many Gmail accounts or worry that someone with access to your phone can see text messages.

Here’s what to do…

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification

 

Select which mobile phone platform you use.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification and use Google Authenticator mobile app

 

A QR code is displayed on the web page. Now you need to download and install the Google Authenticator app on your phone. Follow the instructions on screen to scan the QR code and enter a verification code.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification and use Google Authenticator mobile app

 

This is what the Google Authenticator screen looks like on your phone. Every 30 seconds a new code is generated for each account that you’ve enabled.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification and use Google Authenticator mobile app

 

If you are successful, you’ll see message like this.

 

How to enable Google 2-step verification and use Google Authenticator mobile app

 

That’s all.

One more thing, choose the option to “Print or download” 10 one-time-use backup codes and keep them in a safe place to help you login in case you can’t use your phone.

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Android Games April 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

    i tried activating 2-step verification but i don't get any message from Google containing the code………….

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