Improved account security May 04 2016, 0 Comments

There have been attempts by various account providers to improve how users can access their accounts quicker without compromising on security. Most other services, however, don’t have such a service as Android to make that possible, but Google do. They have done this by creating several ways of securing your account, here they are:

2-step verification

This feature works by Google sending you a code via text or phone call that you have to enter after you have typed in your password to confirm your identity. It ensures no one can access your account even after they stumble upon your password.

Setting up 2-step verification

  1. Log in to your email account with your PC
  2. On the upper right hand corner, click on the gear icon. That will lead to a drop-down menu, click on settings
  3. You are now in your account settings. Click on the Accounts and import tab then click on Other Google account settings
  4. A new browser tab should be displayed, click on Signing into Google
  5. Select 2 step verification then Get started
  6. You will be asked to enter the password to your account, then enter your phone number in the text box provided
  7. Click on Try it to get the code, then enter it. Finally, click on Turn on 2-step verification. Now, any time you try to log into your account from a new device, you will either get a text message with the code or a phone call from Google.

Google Authenticator

This is an app available in the Play Store and Apple App Store that can be downloaded to your smartphone. Whenever you sign in to your Google account from a different computer, you shall be prompted to provide a code. At this point, you should open the Authenticator app and a code will be displayed; but you have to enter the code within a minute because the code changes every minute. If you would like to use this method, here’s how to set it up:

Set up Google Authenticator

  1. Follow similar steps as you would when you are setting up 2-step verification up to Step 6
  2. If the prompt to enter your phone number appears, click cancel to close it
  3. Right under the 2-step verification option should be an option to use the Google Authenticator app, click on it
  4. A barcode will be displayed. At this point, download the Authenticator app from the App Store or Play Store if you didn’t already have it and select Get started from the app
  5. Select Scan barcode. This might prompt you to download a barcode scanner from the Play Store if you didn’t already have it; do that
  6. Enter the code displayed on the app into the PC window. A confirmation message should appear telling you the process is complete

Use your device to log in

The easiest way, however, is to simply verify the login process with your device; no need to enter any passwords. As you may have noticed, the above measures may be quite troublesome, this is way easier:

Setting up your device for log-ins

  1. Follow the same steps as with setting up Google Authenticator to get to your account settings and click on Signing into Google
  2. The option to Sign in using your phone should be right there, unless you had turned on 2-step verification. In that case, click on 2-step verification and turn it off
  3. That will take you back and you should now see a new option, click on Get started and then Set it up
  4. Select the device you would like to use and click on Next
  5. Google servers will communicate with your device and verify it
  6. Your device should be online and have a screen lock with a password, pattern, PIN or fingerprint.
  7. That’s it. Now whenever you try to sign in to your account from a different device, you just have to confirm that you have authorized the action without even entering your password.