Google allows you to set up 2-step verification on your Gmail in order to make your Gmail account impregnable. This is one of the features that mark Gmail different from most email services, however, this is not restricted to Google products only.
The 2-step verification also known as two-factor authentication or 2FA, adds a second layer of security. When enabled on your Gmail, you will receive a second option of verification upon any login attempt to your Gmail account.
How does the 2-step verification work?
The 2-step verification is an extra layer of security that helps to prevent other people from having access to your Gmail account, even if they have your password. It is an identity verification method used to send you a message containing a random 6-digit code anytime there is a login attempt to your Gmail.
The system of verification works by sending a one-time security code which is typical to the one-time password (OTP). This second layer password is only valid per time, this implies that a new one is generated each time a new login attempt is made.
Additionally, you can either receive the security code through one of these ways: By text or voice call through your mobile phone; it depends on your setup.
The steps to set up 2-step verification on your Gmail
To set up 2-step verification for your Gmail account you have to sign in to your Google account first and keep your phone number readily available. This is the number you will be using to receive the one-time security password.
Step 1: Login to your Gmail account and go to Settings;
Step 2: Select the “See all settings” options;
Step 3: From the settings menu bar select “Accounts and Import”;
Step 4: Go to the Change account settings and click or tap on “Other Google Account settings”. This will take you to your Google Account page.
Step 5: From the Google Account page select “Security”
Step 6: Scroll down to Signing in to Google and you will see the option for 2-step verification. Because, you’re yet to set up the 2-step verification on your gmail account, it will be turned off.
Now, to turn it on you have to click on the 2-step verification and proceed with the set up thus:
Step 1: From the 2-step verification page scroll to the bottom and click on the “Get Started” button.
Step 2: You’ll be requested to enter your password to verify your identity.
Step 3: Next, enter the phone number you want to use to receive you one-time security code.
Step 4: Scroll down and select how you want to get your codes, either through text message or phone call and then click “Next”
Step 5: You will get a 6-digit code from Google as a confirmation code. Enter the code and click Verify.
Step 6: Check other settings for personalization and click Confirm to set up the 2-step verification for your Gmail.