How to Enable New 2-Step Verification Security Mechanism in Google Accounts?
Google has introduced a new security mechanism for all Google account users. The new 2-step verification process adds an extra security layer to your Google account.
According to Google, 2-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account by requiring you to have access to your phone - as well as your username and password - when you sign in. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential hijacker still can't sign in to your account because they don't have your phone.
How to Enable 2-Step Verification:
1. Open Google Account page using following URL:
2. Click on "Using 2-step verification" link under "Personal Settings" section.
3. If you can't see the link, you can use following direct URL:
4. Follow the instructions and add your phone number to the extra security mechanism.
How to Use 2-Step Verification:
1. Open desired Google page, enter your username and password.
2. You'll next be prompted to enter your verification code, which you'll get from your phone. You'll only have to do this once every 30 days if you so choose.
NOTE: Once you enable 2-step verification feature, some programs such as Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc will not allow you to sign in using your current password. It happens because these kind of programs don't support 2-step verification security codes. To solve this problem, you'll need to create application-specific password using simple steps given here.
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