With 2 Step Verification in Google, you add an extra security layer to your application / account with the help of Device Recognition, OTP Verification or Google authenticator app. Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he’ll still need your phone or Security Key to get into your account.
Google is automatically enrolling users to use the 2-step verification (2SV) feature starting November 9.
What is 2-step verification
2 Step Verification (also known as two factor authentication) is a process in which A user has to pass through two verification steps. In the Step 1, you have to enter your password as usual you do, In the next step google will try to verify you with second method (e.g OTP via text, Google prompt, Authenticator app). Once you have proved it’s really you, google will redirect you to your account and if could not prove yourself in second method, you can’t login to your account.
Generally 2SV adds an extra layer of security to your account which is beneficial in case your password is stolen and someone try to login with password, they will have to pass via second step verification method, thus they might not get logged in your account
2 Step Verification in Google Methods
Text Message – In this method, When you try to sign in your account, Google sends a six-digit OTP to your phone number which you have to enter in the google inputs, Once you are verified you get access to your account
Phone call – Same as the text message in the phone call you will here six digital password and you have to follow further steps as same
Google prompts – This is most popular and used method, in this google sends a prompt message to already Logged-in device with ‘Yes or No‘ options or prompts a number matching . Choose Yes when you want to login your account.
Google prompts is easy and quick method to sign-in your account, Now google automatically enables prompts verification methods.
How to Enable 2SV
Fortunately, setting up 2SV with a Google Account is simple and painless. Although Google will automatically enable this feature if you have a verified device, you may want to sign in and enable it in advance to configure the necessary settings. To do this, follow these steps:
- Login and Go to your Google account security preferences. You can get there by going to your Google account, hitting your photo in the top right, and selecting “Manage your Google account.“
- Move to the Security tab, either in a side-scrolling menu on the top of the screen or on the left-hand side in a menu.
- In the “Signing in to Google” section, tap on 2-Step Verification.
- Enter your password to confirm it’s you and hit Get Started on the next page where Google explains 2-Step Verification.
- The next page shows you what devices you’ll be able to use to sign in. These are devices Google has deemed secure based on your login history. If the list looks right, hit Continue.
- Verify your current phone number as a backup option then enter the code sent to you in order to verify that number.
- Lastly, hit Turn On and you’re done! Google 2-Step verification has been set up.
2SV is a very good thing in perspective of security but you must be sure that you have proper access to your second step methods otherwise you also will will not get access to your account. Suppose you have opted text message for the verification and you don’t have your phone or lost your phone, in this case you can’t login to your own account although there are some solution for it as you can enable more multiple methods to prove yourself.