About 2-Step Verification

2-Step Verification

Help keep the bad guys out of your account by using both your password and your phone.

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Why you should use 2-Step Verification

2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account, drastically reducing the chances of having the personal information in your account stolen. To break into an account with 2-Step Verification, bad guys would not only have to know your username and password, they'd also have to get a hold of your phone.

 

How it works

1 Enter your password
Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual.
2 You’ll be asked for something else
Then, you'll be asked for a code that will be sent to you via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Or, if you have a Security Key, you can insert it into your computer’s USB port.
Keep it simple
During sign-in, you can tell us to remember that particular computer. From then on, when you sign in to that computer, we’ll just ask for your password.
You'll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code or a Security Key will be required.

 

Learn more about 2-Step Verification.

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