Monday, August 13, 2012

Extra Security for Google and Blogger

I got to thinking the other day. I use Google products for almost everything. Gmail, Chrome, Blogger, Drive, Reader, Analytics, Android, and Wallet, all accessible with one password! This is extremely convenient, but also very dangerous. In the wrong hands, a lot a damage can be done. So I decided to enable 2 step verification on my Google account.

The set up is quick and easy. The second step, is that after you log into your Google account you will be prompted to enter a security code that has just been sent to your phone via text or voice, depending upon your preferences. For someone to access your account they would need your password and your cellphone. That's pretty good security.

So what if you lose your phone? You have the option of authorizing additional phones such as a spouse  or trusted friend. As an added safety net you will receive ten additional one time log in codes that can be printed and kept in a safe place. My biggest fear was to be locked out of my own account. With these measures in place, that shouldn't happen.

There is also an App for that. If you use an Android or iPhone, there is the Google Authenticator App.   With this app you can receive codes regardless of data or mobile connection. Just remember to activate the app after it is installed.

For more information visit the Google Blog.

Anyone else currently using this? How's it working out for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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