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2 Step Authentication for Gmail

Having strong passwords for your online accounts is very important, but sometimes you may want a little more protection in the event your password gets stolen or someone forces their way through it. If you use Google’s Gmail service, you can set up your account, then you will need two forms of authentication to get into your email.

First, log into your Google account and browse to Settings > Security > Two-Factor authentication. Click Edit to turn this on.  You’ll need a cell phone for the next few steps that Google will throw at you.  Once you’ve got it all set up, log into your Gmail account, this time also entering the texted code at the next page.

This is all pretty nifty, but what if you don’t have a cell phone or text plan?  Google can still transmit your code through voice calls on a landline.  If you plan on traveling and still using your email, you can print off a set of one-time-use codes from the account security page.

You can also set “Application-Specific Passwords” that allow other applications (like Outlook and mobile email) to access your email.  Treat these and your regular passwords like your underwear: change them often, and don’t share with others.

A lot of people use Gmail for their personal email, but what about your business email? Contact Quikteks at (973) 882-4644 and talk to us about ways to secure your business and prevent crippling attacks from happening to your company.