Google offers 2-step verification by SMS
Google has developed an optional security feature called 2-step verification that helps protect Google accounts from identity theft and other online threats. When Google’s 2-step verification is turned on, signing into Google account will require both a password and a verification code sent to your mobile phone via SMS.
The 2-step verification works by entering a short numeric code called the “verification code” that will be sent from Google’s phone number +447781470659. The text message sent is like this:
Your Google verification code is <6-digit number>
You will need to enter this verification code in addition to your username and password when you sign in.
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.[Source: Yugatech]
Interesting, I received a text from this number but it says “Microsoft account security code: xxxx” are MS using the same two-step verification system and the same mobile phone number? I thought that you had to opt-in to this with Google, and I wasn’t aware that MS were doing the same thing.