How to Make Your Gmail Account More Secure Using Two-Step Verification

How to Make Your Gmail Account More Secure Using Two-Step Verification

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  • Turn on 2-Step Verification in your Gmail account.
  • Disable two-factor authentication in Gmail.

Turn on 2-Step Verification in your Gmail account

Two-factor authentication (2FA) refers to the two processes you must complete in order to gain access to an online account after entering your user’s name and password. 2-Step Verification is the name given to Gmail’s 2FA. A Google prompt is the most common means of completing 2-Step Verification procedures. In order to sign in to Gmail, you must first enter your username and password. After that, Google sends a notification to your mobile device. It is necessary that you react to the prompt before you will be granted access to Gmail.

When you enable 2-Step Verification in Gmail, you are providing yourself with an additional layer of protection against cybercriminals. Although your password is secure and malware protection has been installed, this is still true.

You must first activate 2-Step Verification in Gmail before you can begin using it. To accomplish this, follow the instructions outlined below.

  1. Log into your Gmail account and change the photo or symbol that appears on your profile page.
  2. Select Manage Your Google Account from the drop-down menu (or Google Account).
  3. After that, a new tab will appear with your Google account details. Select Security from the left-hand navigation window.
  4. Select 2-Step Verification from the Signing in to Google drop-down menu.
  5. The following screen provides an explanation of 2-Step Verification. Select Get Things Started.
  6. Enter your password and click on the Next button.
  7. Enter the phone number associated with your mobile device, select Text, and then click Next.
  8. Google will send you a confirmation code through text message to your cell phone. Enter the code and click on the Next button.
  9. Google will check the mobile device you’re using. To enable two-factor authentication, select Turn On from the drop-down menu. Now, every time you log into Gmail, you’ll be required to complete the second step you created.

Disable two-factor authentication in Gmail

Are you becoming tired of the second step? Here’s how you can turn it off.

  1. Follow the steps 1-4 outlined above. If prompted, enter your Gmail password and click on the Next button to continue.
  2. Respond to the method of 2-Step Verification that you have chosen to use.
  3. Select Turn Off from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen.

After that, you’ll get a warning window from Google requesting your confirmation that you actually want to stop 2-Step Verification. If you’re certain, pick Turn Off from the drop-down menu.

After you make the update, Google will need a few moments to process it and restore your security settings. Following that, your settings will revert to the state they were in prior to enabling 2-Step Verification.

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