Google Two-Step Login Process Available to Everyone

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News Posted: Fri, Feb 11 2011 12:44 PM
You don't have to have any rhythm to do the Google Two-Step, which isn't a dance, but a much more secure log-in process. It was previously only available to Google Apps customers, but in a blog post on Thursday, the sultan of search announced it was extending the functionality to all users. So what exactly is this new-fangled two-step verification process, you ask?

"2-step verification requires two independent factors for authentication, much like you might see on your banking website: your password, plus a code obtained using your phone," Google explains.

Over the next few days, Google will add a new 'Using 2-step verification' link to all Accounts pages. For those of you who decide you wanted the added security, just click and follow the setup wizard.

"Once you enable 2-step verification, you'll see an extra page that prompts you for a code when you sign in to your account," Google said. "After entering your password, Google will call you with this code, send you an SMS message, or give you the choice to generate the code for yourself using a mobile application on your Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone device. The choice is up to you. When you enter this code after correctly submitting your password we'll have a pretty good idea that the person signing in is actually you."

Google acknowledges the obvious, that this is an extra step, but says it will significantly improve security of your Google Account. Also, you'll have the option of having your PC 'remember' the verification code for up to 30 days if you wish.
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coolice replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 10:09 PM

Oh, cool... i like this feature!

sure its an extra pain in the butt, but its all good... its better writing down 6 extra digits than lose your account entirely.

I approve! Even if a hacker/family member/ younger brother happens to guess your password.... voila, no problemo.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Feb 11 2011 10:29 PM

I think this is a great idea. My bank uses it for online banking but the second password is a rolling group of questions that changes every time I log in to which I supplied the initial answer. I also use it on WOW since I have started playing again (after 3 years). When I logged in the first time my account was hacked, and I got it restored. However; it was then rehacked, and again, and again a total of seven times I believe. I lost all my old characters, but about the 5th time I order there little authenticator which I click a button on and it gives me a new code every time I log in, and then asks for it to verify me. Needless to say I have not been hacked again.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Feb 12 2011 12:13 PM

This sounds cool but why does Google require me to get a mobile phone just so I can have an extra layer of security. I mean you require an cell phone to make an account, why not figure out a way to verify yourself without having to get a cell phone.

And yes, I am one of the guys who don't have a cell phone at the moment.


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coolice replied on Sat, Feb 12 2011 12:29 PM

i'm pretty sure google would take that into consideration.... perhaps a secondary email address, and they'll send the code there.

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Kiristo replied on Thu, Feb 17 2011 10:58 AM

I wouldn't have a cell phone either if it weren't "highly recommended", basically mandatory for recalls and such. Granted, I still never carry mine with me.

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Feb 17 2011 1:48 PM

Google: If we don't already have your phone number we soon will.

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