Friday, February 18, 2011

2-step verification on Google

Last week  Google announced a new service called 2-step verification. This service was already on Google App customers but they will be releasing this to everyone.
This will make your Google account more secure and preventing from been hacked more or less like banks do now. They do not only ask you for user name and your password, some of them have a sticky key, a question a confirmation number, site keys or something like that. Google's approach it is a little bit different. They are using your phone to accomplish this since that is something you will always have with you.

Once you set up the service you have the option to "Remember verification for this computer for 30 days" so you do not have to enter the code for one month. You can go here to learn more about this new service that according to Google everyone should use.

This new service showed up in my account almost right away and it should be rolling to everyone pretty soon. They took the registration pretty serious. It has a lot of steps to configure your phone, backup codes, backup phone and android app for your phone so you can get the codes and enter them.

At the it also asks you to set up application specific passwords. Some apps in your phone or desktop would stop working if you do not set up this first. It generates a random password that you need to use just once and you can do it for every application if you want

So start using 2-step verification so your account will be more secure.

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