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Google Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication

Google now supports two-step verification of your identity, a welcome increase in security over a simple password-based model. Secure your account using a password plus verification via phone, txt, or smartphone application.

Two-factor security, for the unfamiliar, is simply a way for a service provider to double verify your identity. Google explains how it will work with your account:

Once you enable 2-step verification, you’ll see an extra page that prompts you for a code when you sign in to your account. After entering your password, Google will call you with the code, send you an SMS message or give you the choice to generate the code for yourself using a mobile application on your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone device. The choice is up to you. When you enter this code after correctly submitting your password we’ll have a pretty good idea that the person signing in is actually you.

Hit up the link below to read more and set up your account for two-factor verification.

Advanced Sign-In Security for Your Google Account [The Official Google Blog]

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  • Published 02/11/11

Comments (8)

  1. Raw Nip

    Boo on Google

    why would i give them even more personal info about me than they already have….Boo

    Gmail is less than 0 anyways

  2. Eeki

    Nice move Google.

    More security options is always better than less.

    @Raw Nip : Just don’t use Gmail if you don’t like it, you can’t blame them for adding security mesures.

  3. BigBroogle

    Wow! Now they have not only your mail, but your cell location too!

  4. WayneW

    If you’re just using gmail to message Grandma and have a secure password you’re probably good.
    Those of us that use goog for advertising, webmaster tools, and analytics CAN use and appreciate the added security.
    And God, you don’t HAVE to give goog your cell no. if you’re the least bit paranoid.
    I used a number I got FROM goog. (google voice)

  5. TerryD

    I dont use or have a cell phone, so how will it work with those of us that dont use them?????

  6. kzinti1

    Hopefully I’m wrong about this, but…Every time I signed into Google, if I used this thing, I’d virtually have to call myself and confirm that I’m actually me that’s signing on? If so that would almost be enough (well, not really) to make me switch to Bing!

  7. Jenny

    It’s an optional security feature folks! You can choose to turn it on if you want to. Choice is better than none and more security is better than less!

    Get a grip on your paranoia!

  8. Shyanne

    I myself don’t have a cell pnone, so i find the google chat is worth nothing to me, but if i did i certainly would use it, now there is a problem , i have two email addresses, one with gmail, and the other with hotmail, i will not link the two together, reason because of hackers, i find google the more secure than the other, but the other has alot more to offer me then google, like messenger, there emoticons are better, but then google has that added security, and they let you know the different ip addresses that are on your machine in the google mail part, then you have web history is anyone famailar with that,
    Web history lets in on everything, i seeen things in their i know i haven’t even been near, also it tells me how many times i have visted my gmail and how many clicks, in a minute how does 88 clicks in one minute sound to you, can’t tell me i don’t have hackers on my computers and a homegroup was opened, the web history isn’t lying. Had to take it to the authorites, so which is better, you decide i already have , but like i said i keep them both seperated, just wish google would get messenger and fancy emoctions and then im all there’s. Here’s to google. Shyanne

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