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Google 2-Factor Authentication

What Is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of protection beyond your password. It significantly decreases the risk of a hacker accessing your online accounts by combining your password (something you know) with a second factor, like your mobile phone (something you have). Many of the world’s largest websites have made 2FA readily available from the security settings of your online accounts, but it’s up to you to turn on this free feature.

Enabling 2FA for Google

Google Authenticator is easy to use and the following steps will guide you through getting started. (Note: You will need a smartphone to complete this process).

  1. Open Google’s two-factor authentication page.
  2. Enter your password when prompted. You’ll reach the landing page for two-factor authentication. Click Get Started.
  3. Enter the phone number you want to use for One Time Passkeys. This is just in case the authenticator app isn’t accessible. Click Next.
  4. Enter the one-time password sent to your phone. Click Next.
  5. Click Turn on.
  6. This enables two-factor authentication via SMS on your Google account. Now scroll down and click Setup under Authenticator app.
  7. In the pop-up, select the type of phone you have - Android or iPhone.
  8. Now you’ll see a QR code on screen. You can either scan this or click Can’t scan it to get a code for two-factor authentication. This is where you’ll have to switch to your smartphone.
  9. Download Google Authenticator on Android or iOS.
  10. Tap Begin Setup.
  11. Tap Scan barcode. This will fire up the camera on your smartphone and you can point that at the QR code on the computer screen. Alternatively you can tap Manual entry and enter the code on screen.
  12. On the Google two-factor authentication page, click Next.
  13. Enter the code on your authenticator app and click Verify.

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