In this internet age where hackers rule the roost, it is important for online users to save their passwords from falling into the hackers hands. One such initiative towards this objective is the Google authenticator which safeguards your Google online accounts from theft of passwords and key logger software.
About Google Authenticator
Google Authenticator comes with a two-step authentication. First you need to authenticate with your account password and then the authentication key to log into your account.
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The Google Authenticator applications run on all type of devices including iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Android. For security reasons the authentication code changes once in 30 seconds. The key gets generated even if one’s device is in an offline mode.
Activating the Authentication Process
Log into your Gmail email account and navigate to the account settings segment located in the right hand top corner. Then, Click on the link which says –‘two step verification’ located under the security segment. Google has phone centered verification. Enter your phone number in the space provided.
You will receive the key for authentication through a voice call or a ‘small message service’ message. After you receive the message, enter the key in the space provided and then click on the next tab to proceed.
In the next screen, you will have the option to choose whether to remember the computer that you are using for 30 days. If you are planning on using the same computer for logging onto your Google accounts you may select this option.
Choosing this option will eliminate the hassle of going the verification process whenever you sign into your Google accounts. Choose the option based on your choice and click on the next tab to proceed.
In the next screen you will be asked to turn on the two step verification. Once you turn it on, you will be asked to again log into your Google accounts.
Enable Google Authenticator
After you log in again, you will see a screen where you will have the option to choose the mobile device type in which you would like to obtain the authentication code. The screen also has instructions on how to download the authenticator application on the mobile devices. You may also obtain the application from a nearby software or application store.
Once you have added the application in your mobile device, launch the application to start the authentication process. You have the option to choose either the barcode scan option or the QR code option. In case you do not want to use the bar code scan option, you may choose to manually add the accounts.
Once you have added your account to the authenticator, type the key that was generated. If the key is nearing its expiry time, wait for some time to receive a new one. Type the new code in the space provided. Click on the save tab after your account is verified. You can also use your phone number to receive the authentication key in case you do not have access to the mobile application device.
Print Backup Key
Google has the print backup code option which enables one to log into their account if they do not have access to either the mobile application device or the phone number.
You have to print the backup code and store it in a safe place for usage at the appropriate time. Losing all three authentication routes will log you out of your Google accounts. Also, note that all the codes can be used only once and once you click on the ’generate new codes’ option; all the previously generated backup codes will become invalid.
Google Authenticator is a wonderful authentication tool to safeguard your Google accounts from unauthorized access. So, remember to use the authentication code whenever you sign into your Google accounts.