Google Launched Advanced Sign-in Security for All Google Accounts

Google has decided to roll out an advanced sign-in security feature for Google accounts.The 2-step verification is currently rolled out to all users. 2-step verification requires two independent factors for authentication: your password, plus a code obtained using your phone.  You can check the Account Settings page to see if the “Using 2-step verification” link is already available under Personal Settings > Security.

This 2 step security  works like your Banking passwords work i.e. your password, plus a code obtained using your phone for accessing your Google or gmail account. This adds an extra layer of security to your Account by requiring you to have access to your phone when you sign in.

How to Enable  2-step Verification

1) Go to Google Account Settings Page

2) New page is looks like below and click on “Using 2-step verification”.

3) Login to your account and setup 2-step Verification.

Take your time to carefully set up 2-step verification—we expect it may take up to 15 minutes to enroll. A user-friendly set-up wizard will guide you through the process, including setting up a backup phone and creating backup codes in case you lose access to your primary phone.

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.

Soon after you turn on 2-step verification, non-browser applications and devices that use your Google Account (such as Gmail on your phone or Outlook), will stop working.

You’ll then have to sign in using your username and a special password you generate for this application. (Don’t worry, you’ll only have to do this once for each device or application.

This feature is being rolled out to everyone slowly.

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Via: [ Official Google blog ]

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