Google has developed an optional security feature called 2-step verification that helps protect Google accounts from identity theft and other online threats. Using Google’s 2-step verification, signing into Google account requires both your password and a verification code you will receive on your mobile phone via SMS.
The 2-step verification works by entering a short numeric code called the “verification code” that will be sent to your mobile phone via SMS. You will need to enter this verification code in addition to your username and password when you sign in.
After signing in, Google will ask you for a verification code. From the phone number +447781470659, Google will send a text message like this:
Your Google verification code is <6-digit number>
To setup 2-step verification:
- Login to your Gmail account
- Click Account Settings.
- Under Personal Settings, click Using 2-step verification.
- Choose how you’d like to get verification codes. To receive by SMS, choose Text message (SMS) or voice call.
- Add a mobile number where Google can send codes. To test your phone, click Send code and check your phone for the verification code. Enter the code you receive on your mobile phone then click Verify.
- Your phone is now configured to receive verification codes. Click Next and follow the rest of the instructions.
- Finally, turn on 2-step verification. The next time you sign in, Google will ask you for your password and a verification code
Turning on 2-step verification is a sure way to make your account safe. So even if your password has been stolen, you are confident that the potential hijacker will not be able to sign in to your account because they don’t have your phone.