The recent case of Isleaked, relating to the false news of a vast Gmail account theft from the databases Google, has obviously highlighted one of the main problems that still exist today: safety. Although the main email services offer increasingly complex protection guarantees to overcome, among these the colossus of Mountain View in the foreground, not everyone knows the mechanisms, losing the opportunity to protect themselves with systems that are present but little used, as in the case of verify in two steps.
It is indeed a mechanism of access control that binds, through some reminders set by the user based on preferences, to the use of access codes provided at the time of use through numbers mobile phones which, at least in theory, only the legitimate owner of the account should own.
Enable 2-step verification on Gmail:
Before proceeding, it is advisable to clarify howactivation of 2-step verification does not entail, if correctly performed, any type of risk for the user but offers an additional blocking firewall for unwanted access even being informed. The activation of this mode, born with Gmail but also spread to other accounts, obviously reversible but above all flexible according to the needs of the user: in fact, it is possible to make all devices from which we are used to conduct multiple daily accesses free, from our will, simplifying their management.
How to turn on 2-step verification on Gmail an articulated but not complex mechanism, it will take just a few minutes to be able to better close the security lock on the accesses allowing you to properly invest your time without having more problems, especially given the growing importance of an email account.
Obviously the first step to take is to have a cellphone number, which you will want to link to the verification, and a device for the initial setting that can be both a computer and one smartphone or a Tablet, exploiting for the browser.
Go to the pageGoogle login, or go to the section “Account"From any service in which you have already logged in, to be redirected to a management page of the main options on your Gmail account. Move to the "Safety", And in the section"Password"Click on the item"Settings"That you will see next to the item"Verify in two steps". At this point, if it is the first time you access it, you will see an introductory screen that will guide you step by step to configuration.
Settings 2-step verification Gmail
Click on the item “Start Configuration"And enter the mobile phone number of your choice, a favorite capable of providing you with security without losing it as it will become the key to access your account, and finally select how to receive the codes if using"SMS"Or"Call“, We recommend the first for convenience. Once completed with “Send code”You will receive a first SMS test from which to take the code to enable the two-step verification process, which will from now on always be active on any device.
In the first configuration, before completing the procedure, you will be asked if you want to enable the device you are using in the list of safe accesses so as not to receive the code anymore, the choice obviously depends on you and your habits, but know that you can, in case of loss or theft, disable the devices indicated as safe at any time. When finished, pass the pop-up window relating to the connection of app is devices, which we will illustrate in a dedicated guide.
At this point you will have enabled 2-step verification, which you can of course optimize with two additional support tools such as: the backup number and of backup codes. in the first case, option accessible in the "Backup options", By clicking on"Add a phone number", You can enter a second number to which to resort in case of unavailability of the first chosen by you as primary in the procedure just ended. In the second case, however, you can print the already generated codes to use in case of unavailability of your mobile numbers, an option similar to the limited access codes offered forinternet banking with some cards in the absence of continuous and automatic generators which, once used, will be automatically downgraded by Gmail and rendered unusable.
Additional method settings
We remind you that even in the case of SMS, the codes are valid for single access and have a limited validity over time. Whenever you log in to your account from any device, or someone tries to log in even though you know your password, you will be asked for the contextual code sent at that time on the numbers indicated.
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