Gmail login got you worried? Stop cybercriminals, get Google 2-step verification for FREE

Cybercriminals are always looking to spy and steal from you. So, you must surely be worried about your Gmail login details.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 23:00 IST
Know how to enable Gmail 2-step verification.
Know how to enable Gmail 2-step verification. (Unsplash)
Know how to enable Gmail 2-step verification.
Know how to enable Gmail 2-step verification. (Unsplash)

Cybercriminals are always looking to spy and steal from you. So, you must worry about your Gmail login details falling into hands of hackers. Well, there is a way to stop them and that is through a method called Google 2-way authentication. Gmail is certainly one of the most used mailing platforms in the world. Most people conduct business, receive bills, and carry out a number of personal tasks over email. Since it is linked with almost all of your online activities, it becomes necessary to secure Gmail login with proper passwords and methods. Luckily, Google provides an extra layer of security through Gmail 2-step verification process (also known as multi-factor authentication) and that too for free. Here's all you need to know about Gmail 2-step verification and how to set it up.

What is Gmail two-step verification and how does it work?

Setting up a strong password is considered one-step authentication whereas for Gmail 2-step verification, Google sends a unique code number on your phone to ensure that you have access to your physical device and your passwords. This happens at the time you do your Gmail login. This unique code is one-time and hence, cannot be discovered and reused by someone else trying to access your Gmail account. Google sends this code to registered mobile numbers only once it is enabled. Setting up Gmail 2-step verification is fairly straightforward. Here are the steps to enable Gmail 2-step verification

Why is Gmail Two-Step Verification So Important?

With hackers stealing data from various sites, it becomes more difficult to secure your data and two-steps verification helps reduce your risk of cyber attacks on your data. It restricts hackers from stealing your data if they don't have access to your physical device (phone) to receive a code and login.

How to enable Gmail 2-step verification

10 Minutes
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop
  • Computer
  • Updated browser
  • Internet
Step 1: First go to Google’s 2-Step Verification page and click on “Get Started Button.”
Step 2: Log into your Google account if you’re not already signed in.
Step 3: Once signed in, you’ll be redirected to the next page where you can click on the “Get Started” tab.
Step 4: On the next page, the name of your devices will be displayed where you can receive the verification code. Select your device from the list i.e, phone/mobile. This will be the phone you use as your second step in the 2-step verification process. If your device is not available on your phone then make sure to sign into your Google account on that device.
Step 5: Once done, choose to get a notification prompt from Google on your phone.
Step 6: Now open your device and simply tap on the Google verification notification and click on continue.
Step 7: Add your active phone number for future backup and click on “Send” to receive your code.
Step 8: Enter code and hit “Next”.
Step 9: Once your backup phone number is confirmed, hit “Turn On” and it’s done. You can also select the option to receive the verification codes via text message or phone call on the registered device and confirm the option by entering the unique code sent by Google.

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First Published Date: 04 Jan, 00:08 IST