Having purchased YouTube, Blogger and also setting up its own social networking website Google+ to complement their search engine, Google appears determined to continue expanding their product range. Drew explains how to secure your account through mobile verification.
A fairly new feature, Google has implemented a two-step verification process that any user can activate which goes beyond the average password. The new feature allows the user to link up their mobile phone number with their Google account. The user can choose to receive a randomly generated code each time they log into their account to enter as a secondary security measure. Alternatively they can receive a message every 30 days, or when the user logs in from a computer or place where the account hasn’t been used previously.
Activating phone notifications for suspicious behaviour
Log into your Google account. Click on your profile picture in the top-right-hand corner and choose Account from the drop down menu.
Click on the ‘Security’ tab located on the left-hand-side of the page. Now scroll down until you see ‘Notifications’ and follow the processes to verify your phone number.
Once verified, check the boxes next to ‘Password change’ and ‘Suspicious log-in attempt’.
Setting up SMS password protection
Now that we have verified your mobile phone to your account, it is time to set up the mobile phone password security.
Click on your profile picture in the top-right-hand corner of your current Google page and click on ‘Accounts’. On the right-hand-side of the page will be your profile photo in a larger format. Below this photo, click on ‘Manage Security’. Click on ‘Settings’ which is located under the ‘2-step verification’ heading. Now click ‘Turn on 2-step verification’. Select ‘Text message (SMS) or voice’ as the option and then click ‘Next’. From the drop down menu select ‘SMS text message’.
Now we need to test the 2-step verification. Click on the ‘Send Code’ button and wait until the message is sent to your phone. Enter the code into the box next to the words ‘Verify’ and then click the button. At the bottom of the page click ‘Next’. Click ‘Next’ again and then finally click ‘Turn on 2-step verification’ and you are done.