Google has developed a way in which you can add extra security to your Gmail account so that it can be more secured and harder for hackers to gain access to your account. The new method is widely known as “two step authentication” or “2-step verification” and is very helpful and convenient in securing your Gmail account.
Most people use the same password for many of their online account such as Facebook, Twitter, forums or any other website so if one of these websites gets hacked, the hackers also could gain access to your Gmail account if you use the same password across different websites. It was recently discovered that about 7 million dropbox accounts had been hacked so not even secured and popular websites are immune to a hacker attack.
The way 2-step authentication/2-step verification works is that after you type in your password, Gmail will require additional information (PIN) which will be sent to your phone if you sign in from an unknown device or any other factor that might hint that your account might have become compromised.
How-to: set up Gmail 2-step authentication
1- Type Gmail.com in your browser’s address bar or click HERE to go to Gmail login form.
2- Type in your username & password, then click “submit”
3- Go to the “2-step authentication” settings page by clicking HERE.
4- Click “Start Setup”
5- After you have clicked “Start Setup”, type your phone number where you will receive the passcode/PIN and select if you wish to receive it via text message or voice call.
6- You should have received a code. Please enter it.
7-If this is your personal computer or a computer you trust, decide whether to trust it or not. To continue, click “Next”
8- Read the information presented about 2-step authentication and then click “Confirm”
9- Finally, the 2-step authentication or 2-step verification is complete and your Gmail account is now secured from hackers. Gmail will now sign you off and return you to the Gmail login page.