Getting your account hacked and someone else misusing it is a worst nightmare. Not anymore, if you are you are using a Google account. Google now has developed an advanced opt-in security feature called 2-step verification process to secure your Google account. This will help prevent hackers from accessing your account with just a stolen password.
What’s exactly is 2-step verification?
Like most bank websites, just having a valid password won’t be enough to access your account. Here two independent factors are used for authentication(2FA), ie: your password and a verification code obtained using your phone.
To enable this feature go to your “Google Account Settings” page:
On clicking the Using 2-step verification a user-friendly wizard will help you in the setup process. Here you can even provide a backup phone, incase you loose your existing phone the code will be sent through SMS to your backup phone. Also, you can use backup codes incase you loose access to the primary phone.
Now that you have enabled the 2-step verification, next time when you log in your Google account with the correct password you will be taken to a new window which will ask for a verification code. Meanwhile, on clicking sign-in button a code a 6-digit numeric code will be instantly generated and sent to your mobile phone via SMS. If you are using a Android, Blackberry or IPhone device you may choose to generate the code using the Google Authenticator application.
Enter the verification code you just received and click “Verify”.
You may select the “Remember verification for this computer 30 days” to skip this additional step daily. Now no hacker will be able to use your account unless he has access to your mobile phone.
If you don’t have a backup phone, I suggest you enter mobile number of someone from your family or trusted friend.
Note: This feature is not added to all Google accounts yet, so check after few days if it’s not available.