Your Gmail account could be hacked. Immediately activate 2-step-verification

Think if someone hacks into your account and get the possession of all your personal and critical information. Your chat’s with GFs, your private holiday pics, your bank account details, your financial transactions, your files on virtual drive, your all important mails…. everything in possession of a stranger, ready for gross misuse… Isn’t it scary???

You may have heard that Russian hackers have published passwords for roughly 5 million Gmail accounts.  By sheer probability, your account might not have been hacked; but who knows? What if your account is hacked?

How can you check quickly if your account is hacked?

A group of programmers thought of helping people in simpler way. You can check quickly if your account is amongst the 5 million hacked accounts.

Visit website and check if your are successful this time in saving your account from hackers.

You may not be lucky every-time. You must immediately activate your 2-step verification for Gmail account. This is most effective way to keep the hackers at bay.

What is 2-step verification?

2-step verification is the process which protects your account by making it more difficult for a hacker to sign in, even if they’ve somehow learned your password. 2-step verification needs an extra security code in addition to the password to sign into account.

Why you need 2-step verification?

Someone can steal or intelligently guess your password much easier than you think. You are at risk for account hack if you:

  • Use same password on more than one sites.
  • Download software from the internet. using clients like torrent increases the risk manifold.
  • Click on the links in your mail without confirming the authenticity.

2-step verification keeps the hackers out even if they know your password.

How 2-step verification works?

2-step verification makes the signing in to your account a little different:

Step 1 – Enter your password – Whenever you sign in to Google, you’ll enter your password as usual.

Step 2 – Enter a verification code – You’ll be asked for a code that will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app.

How to keep sign in simpler for yourself?

During sign-in, choose not to ask for a code again on . From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in.

You’ll still be protected, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from , a verification code will be required.

How 2-step verification protects you?

2-step verification protects you by adding an extra layer of security to your sign in process. Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a hacker gets through your password layer, he’ll still need your phone to get into your account.

2-step verification

1. Extra layer of security. 2. Combination of What you know and what you have 3. Unique verification code generated for you. (image courtesy: Google)

With 2-step verification, you’ll protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone). Hacker can know your password but he can’t have access to second layer of security unless he posses your phone also. This makes your account more secure.

How to set up two-step verification on Google?

To set up 2-step verification, follow the below easy steps:

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Image courtesy: Google

  1. Sign in to your Google Account settings page by clicking on your name or picture in the upper right corner of the screen and then clicking Account.
  2. At the top, click Security.
  3. In the Password box, click Setup next to “2-Step verification.” This will bring you to the 2-Step Verification settings page.
  4. You will then see a step-by-step guide which will help you through the setup process.
  5. Once you’re done, you’ll be taken to the 2-Step Verification settings page again. Be sure to review your settings and add backup phone numbers.
  6. You’re done! Next time you sign in, you’ll receive an SMS with a verification code.

Save your account from hackers, activate 2-step verification. This can easily be done for other mail services also like Yahoo. Look for the details in your account.

Let me know more ways to protect your Google account…

Sara Ali

Sara Ali

I am a bubbly young woman Sara Ali. I love and enjoy life to the fullest. I am network programmer and tech enthusiast. I love writing and keep exploring the unknown. I am the technical editor of VirginWords and brain behind this multi-author blog.
My motto: Work hard, party harder.

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