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Using 2-step verification

Using 2-step verification

Do you ever use the same password for multiple
websites? Do you ever sign in to Google Mail from a public or shared computer? Such actions
weaken your password and make it easier to steal. Google now offers 2-step verification,
an optional security feature that helps protect your account even if your password is stolen
or cracked. This new feature helps improve security because signing in requires 2 things
— something you know — your password — and something you have — your phone. It’s much
like what you might see on your banking website. With 2-step verification, you’ll get a short
numeric code — known as a verification code — on your phone. You’ll then enter this in
addition to your username and password when you sign in.
Let’s take a look at how you’ll sign in with 2-step verification. After you sign in
with your username and password, Google will ask you for a verification code.
If you chose to receive a text or voice message when you set up 2-step verification, Google
will then send it to you on your phone. If you’re an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone
user, you can also choose to generate a code on your phone using the Google Authenticator
app. Enter the code from your phone.
If you trust this computer you can check this box and you won’t be asked for another verification
code for 30 days. To set up 2-step verification, sign in to
your Google Account and go to your Account Settings page. Then, click “Using 2-step verification.”
On the next screen, click “Set up 2-step verification.” Follow the directions on your screen to choose
how to receive 2-step verification codes. You can receive your verification code in
an SMS text message, in a voice call to your landline or mobile phone, or by generating
a code using the free Google Authenticator app on your Android,
BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. But what if your phone is unavailable, lost,
or stolen? Next you’ll add two backup options for receiving verification codes.
Write down or print your backup verification codes.
You can use these in case your phone is not available or if you are traveling.
Keep them in a safe and accessible place. You’ll also need to add a backup phone that
you can use if you lose access to your primary phone. This can be a work or home phone, or
the phone of someone you trust, like a friend or family member.
2-step verification protects your Google Account whenever you sign in from a web browser. However,
devices and applications — like smartphones, the Picasa desktop application, and Microsoft
Outlook — can’t ask you for verification codes, only your username and password.
In order to help keep these applications safe, you’ll need to use a special password, called
an application-specific password, instead of your regular account password. Application-specific
passwords are generated by Google upon your request, and you do not need to remember them
since you should only need to enter them once! To illustrate, let’s set up the Mail app on
an iPhone using an application-specific password. First you need to create an application-specific
password. Go to your Account Settings page and click “Authorizing applications & sites.”
Enter the name of the application this password is for — in this case, “Gmail on my iPhone.”
Then, click generate. Enter the application-specific password on
your iPhone … And you’re done! We know application-specific passwords are
long and hard to remember — that’s why you don’t have to! You should only need to enter
these passwords once per application or device, and you can always revoke and generate a new
password if needed. Thanks for trying 2-step verification and
kudos to you for taking extra steps to protect your account!

99 thoughts on “Using 2-step verification”

  1. So now my iphone keeps telling me that imap username and password is wrong despite me doing everything right.

  2. All I wanted to do was to change my password.  This may not be confusing to most folks, but it's too much for me.  If I need to do anything else, you'll have to give me a call and help me out

  3. I cannot accurately express how much I just hate this guy's voice. I'd rather strangle a kitten than listen to him any more than I absolutely need to….AND I FUCKING LOVE KITTENS!!!!

  4. Desidero conoscere come mai che prima utilizzavo una password per tutto le impostazioni di google e, solo ora per la mail di google ne ha generato un'altra. Desidero come fare per avere una unica password. Grazie

  5. Sorry, it was very complicated, maybe i don't know simple English… 🙂
    p.s.: If the Harker must be attack our Gmail, it was very easy attack us email, .

  6. hey fuckstick, what happens WHEN YOU LOG OUT AND NEED TO REENTER A PASSWORD?  Gotta go find another computer and genearate a friggen code again?


  8. 2-step is pointless. 91% of hacks occur today from phishing and malware, and 2-step does nothing to block either of those.  The only reason people keep hyping on about two factor authentication, is because the 1984(!) patent is expired, so it's now free for anyone to use.

    So sure – add this on to get upto 9% safer, along with the p-i-t-a of having to use it, but if you want real security, go find something that blocks the other 91% guys!

  9. if i lose my phone and not able to get a new sim card for the same number will i be unable to enter my account then forever?

  10. You guys lie. In today's technology. Anyone can get on the internet and be whoever they want. But Google is taking that away. Because America, wants to know every person who commented, (terrorists) they call it, for our safety. Lies . They want to hold people responsible. , that's why the 22 varifications, the texts to ur personal phone. And they now confirm a dress. .. Fuck you Google. , and fuck William Shatner. Aka. The man

  11. My two cents:

    My very first Internet connection was up and running in the summer of '96, dial-up but did it's job. Life was awesome. The Internet was awesome.

    Google didn't exist back then. Boring. Of course, because of slow connection speeds there was little eye-candy, if any at all. Fast forward to '98, Google launched and presented to us as the future of search engines on the web.

    I'm curious by nature so was my next stop. It was love at first sight. Such a simple design (thank God for that, me and many others were on dial-up lol!). The rest is history, the powerful indexing algorithms were changed, improved and rewritten relentlessly over the years.

    If you want to find out more, Google tells you the story here: By the way, thank you for that!

    Personally, I appreciate your efforts to integrate everything (!!!), all your services into a nice and clean Google Account. It must have been a challenge like no other, hats off to you software experts at Google.

    Keep up the good work and ignore any haters. Be proud that you had a hand in the making of today's Internet. Keep evolving, keep improving with every occasion. Never worry about changing things. You guys did an awesome job until now.


  12. I tried this, I own an iPhone and two macs.  It was a disaster.  When I added my other mac, the first one stopped working.  Then I couldn't send mail on my phone, only receive. sucks

  13. I have no problems with my phone. But when I used it to upload a video, I get a notification that YouTube failed to authenticate my information and I can't upload my videos from my pc. Can you help with any info to fix tins. I have been trying since Dec. 3rd to fix this but google has nothing that works for me and my pc. Thanks in advance

  14. The main thing i want to know that, ofc, isnt explained in the vid is how the hell do i add a second account to my authenticator app? I have one already on there and it wont let me add another, and ofc the google website seems to be out of date as what it saying isnt appearing on the app. So yea, you might want to add that once you add an account, you're screwed if you dont dont dont make sure you have everything on it.

  15. What's the difference between Identity verification and Two-step verification, the only difference I seem to notice is with Identity verification is a hacker can still access your email  if they have your password but when they try to tamper with your account settings Identity verification kicks in and asks for a code generated by your app on your smart phone. However with Two-step verification the difference I seem to see if hacker has your email and password and tries to sign in, Two-step verification kicks and stops them signing in, and would ask for a code with is generated by your app on your phone to sign in.

  16. Its a great of staying secure on your phone . if someone tries to hack your phone he'll be on another device and will be asked for verification n he won't have it cause it goes to the device ya set it up? that right???

  17. I fix computers for a living, I no longer recommend Gmail to any of them, it's way to much hassle for my customers…

  18. i am not getting verification code on my phone number….plz help me. i have tried every thing. i dont have any another number associated with my google account. plz help…..

  19. Someone get my google account and he puted verification in 2 steps and i cant get my acc back, can i do anything to get it back?

  20. Google Plz Tell Me What I do Now SOME one changed my Password And set on 2 verification code security options I don't no what I do now Plz tell me ? plzzzzz…

  21. I am tired of handling multiple G+acoount ! after deleting hanging with 2 but profile photos comes & goes after adding 3/4times er day !

  22. SO secure you can't get back into your own account UNLESS you have all the other back-up measures in advance. Who knew? I set this up on one of my accounts and have never regretted anything more! Do you know a work around the Google 2-Step Verification? I've tried EVERY step Google requests and more. I even sent Google screenshots of PROOF that one of my other gmail accts is manager of that account and another of my current gmail account is set as OWNER of the acct I'm locked out of. I have not been able to access my YouTube channel or any other related products for over 6 months! I write to Google every month- no luck! Were you able to find another solution? Amazing when you can't even get into your own account. This has been a nightmare! Thanks much!! 🙂

  23. I thought this was a fantastic idea and added it. Then I found out I had to re-log in to my GMail from my computer and laptop and had the option of not having to do this if it's a trusted computer. So the only thing left is my phone and if it's going to send me a text msg with a code, how does that keep me safe if someone stole my phone–they also have the 2nd step verification. I originally thought it was something that made GMail harder to hack. Looking at all the extra steps in this video, it's just a whole lot of trouble, especially if you Google and see how many people are having trouble with it.

  24. hi sir. i forgot my gmail password and the 2 step verification is in enabled mode. i can access only the mobile no. which is linked with my account. I cant access any other verification options like email verification and the date of on which the email was created. please help sir..its too important

  25. Google authenticator is not fully great. if you remove the app, you will lose your codes. I almost lose my uplay account.

  26. I need help accessing my account. I forgot the password and my phone number was outdated. I literally tried any password I've ever had. I was prompted to put the month and year I opened the account. Good LORD who remembers that stuff? I tried 4 aprox dates (I know the year span) and then it asked for my father's middle name, which btw is VERY unique and I answered it correctly. It asked for my phone number which has been changed. It then asked for a recovery email and I did all my emails including the recovery and it won't work. It says it can't prove it's me after all that. What's the point of security questions if the only question you actually came up with is your dad's middle name? What's the point of a recovery email? I'm concerned someone might have hacked into the account and it has some very personal, important files in there. Is there some way I can contact google, prove my contacts, possible files, answer my other recovery questions, show an ID, anything to help out? I need to get in as soon as possible. I'd appreciate the help. I've been through every blog and troubleshoot you have there. Thank you

  27. i have the google authenticator app on my iphone which i have been using. however, i never received any backup verification codes. how can i back it up now? do i have to delete it and make a new one?

  28. I have to ask If you are a google expert, How can you do 2 step verification with an 8 digit codes to access my 1st account? I need to access my 1st account

  29. i have been using 2-step verification for a while now and it is really owsome . no one can steal ur account without any doute , i like it

  30. Error : Authentication failed, please try again. I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it to work I do everything it says and I get this

  31. hi, google, can you let user to bacup the google authorisrtor? as we keep changing to new phone and i have more than 10 codes, it very difficult for us to move.

  32. so if you lose your phone, you lose all your accounts (like crypto wallet for example)
    how do you backup the actual google authenticator app? why is this so confusing..

  33. the problem is setting up a new android phone at a store for personal example, my s9+, bought it and had no other android device with me….could not sign in at t-mobile, had to go home and wait to get my nexus 7, and i did not write down my back up codes, so i was screwed…..same with my apple account, i don't currently have a iphone, so i had do disable 2 step, no iphone, no apple device, so i was locked out till i got it disabled….now i just have it both off on apple and android, i was a dummy and did not write down the backup codes, so there goes that feature……

  34. I would strongly advise against using Google Authenticator. If you change your phone you will lose all your added sites. This means you will lose the ability to login to those sites. No warning. No solution. No help. This is not a nice position to be in. As I've just discovered.

  35. google could not verify my account, although i have entered many codes through my 2 mobiles numbers, and email. what happened. please check and tell me, i am worried about my account, because i have many photos in it.

  36. Went through hell trying to add Gmail to my Surface. Follow instructions after 2:12 to solve that! It's out of date, but you can figure it out: Go to "Security," then "App Passwords."

  37. Hey guys can i use one phone number for the 2-step verification of two google accounts. My personal one and my company's one?

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