How to enable extra security on your Google account

March 7, 2011
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If you use a computer at all, there’s a decent chance you have a Google account. Whether you use Gmail for mail, YouTube for your video content, or Analytics to track your website traffic, Google touches many areas of the internet.

Yet, your Google account is secured only by a single password. If that password is compromised, your entire Google account network is no longer yours.

To combat that sort of scenario, Google recently announced the availability of two-factor authentication. This adds a second layer of protection to your account that doesn’t rely on a password.

To use two-factor authentication, you need a smartphone such as a Blackberry, iPhone, or Android phone. Essentially, two-factor authentication asks you for your normal password but also a one-time, changing password that you get from your smartphone with special software.

Google doesn’t exactly make it easy to find out how to do this, though, and they haven’t advertised it at all, but it’s not too hard to set up. Here’s a simple guide on how to enable two-factor authentication on your Google account.

If your Google account is important to you or your business, you should definitely consider enabling this extra layer of protection.

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One Response to How to enable extra security on your Google account

  1. Guest on June 3, 2011 at 3:53 am

    This is also available for webOS devices (Palm or now HP). It’s called GAuth in the App Catalog and the website is here:

    https://developer.palm.com/appredirect/?packageid=com.gregstoll.gauth

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