If you use Gmail, expect a big account change in the coming weeks. If in the past we only had to enter our email address and password to access Gmail in most cases, now everything will change. This way, two-factor authentication will be enabled for all accounts by default, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for it already. It’s just that if you don’t take care of things, you can’t access it.
Gmail Alert: Google is Going to Make a Big Change to Accounts!
Two-factor authentication makes everything more secure. This is because more than a simple password is required to access our account.
So when we want to enter, we have to enter the code that arrives in a message so that the search engine giant can tell if it really is us.
However, Google has already explained why this is becoming mandatory. It’s just that personal information is like gold to criminals. In fact, there is a growing body of identity theft and personal information that can be used for extortion and many other things. With this system, everything becomes much more difficult.
According to the Android Police website, several people have already started receiving an email explaining what will happen and that they will need more than one password to access the emails.
Can I now activate two-factor authentication?
Yes, whoever does this is already prepared and does not need to make any further changes when this system is introduced.
The first thing you need to do is go to your Google Account Management. You can access it here. After entering your data and registration. When you get to the account management window later, select the Security option from the menu on the left. The pictures that I present here are from the desktop version. But if you’re using a smartphone or tablet, you can do everything the same way.
On the new page, find the Sign in to Google section. There you will see the Two Step Validation option. Choose this option.
In the new window click on Intro. However, you will then have to log in again.
After entering your data, you will be taken to the screen shown below. However, the devices that can receive orders are displayed. In practice, these are the ones where you are authenticated with your Google account. In my case, it’s the iPhone, but it could be any other Android smartphone. Keep pressing.
As soon as you press Next, you will receive a request on your smartphone. You just have to say yes. At this point the registration will be approved. You will be prepared for the account change made by Google.
However, if you lose your phone or your second step is unavailable, you need an alternative way to access your account. However, just set up a contact number and choose to have the verification done via SMS or phone call.
Then just hit send. This is after entering the number. At this point, however, you will receive an SMS with a code that you will have to enter on the platform. From that moment on, you simply confirm everything and it is already protected. So you can be sure that no one will log into your Google account.
Can I use Google Authenticator for this?
Naturally. First up on the same Google page where you enabled two-factor authentication, further down there is an option called Application Authenticator. Click on Configure.
Then a window will appear asking for your cell phone. If Android, if iPhone. Just select and then click Next.
Then you have to run the authenticator in both cases. No matter if Android or iPhone. Then select Read QR Code.
In the meantime, a code will appear in the authenticator that you must enter when configuring your Google account. Then click Validate. And done, the setup is complete.