We live in an age where cybersecurity crimes are at an all-time high. If we take into consideration the latest Quadrooter vulnerabilities and Yahoo losing over 500 million accounts to hackers, your data is not as safe as you’d want to think.
Our apathy is making our private data one step closer from being forcefully taken and used against us. We unknowingly store more and more vital data on our mobile devices and on the cloud, without taking some proactive measures to prevent them from arriving in unwanted hands.
On Android, one proactive security measure would be to enable Google’s 2-step verification.
What is 2-Step Verification?
Did you know the world’s most popular passwords are password, 123456 and 12345678 ? This just goes to show that we’re basically asking to be hacked.
On Android, we use our Google account to log-in into almost all services that are important to us. Personal photos, email, contact information, private messages – it’s all kept safe by the password from the Google Account.
What 2-Step Verification does is, it enables an additional layer of security in your Google Account. This will make it considerably harder for someone to gain access to your private information.
After you enable 2-Step Verification, the log-in process will be a little different – Every time you try to log on a new device, you will first sign in into your Google account, then a unique passcode will be sent to your smartphone via text, phone call or Google Authenticator. You must then use that code to complete your login.
It’s simple, secure, and there’s no reason you wouldn’t enable this extra security measure. Here’s how to do it:
How to Enable 2-Step Verification on Android
These following steps can be followed either on a desktop based PC or on an Android device. But for the sake of portability, we did it all from an Android device.
1. Tap the button bellow to open Google’s Official 2-Step Verification Page.Google 2-Step Verification
2. Scroll all the way down and tap on set it up from your phone.
3. Scroll all the way down again and tap on Get Started.
4. Insert your Google account email & password and Sign In.
5. Insert your mobile number and select the verification method.
6. You should receive your first verification code. Enter it in the box and hit Next.
7. If the process completes successfully you will be able to Turn On 2-step verification on your Google account.
8. Now 2-step verification is enabled on your Google account. You can turn it off at any time by revisiting the link and tapping Turn Off.