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After Wired editor Mat Honan’s horrific hacking experience last weekend, password security seems to be on everyone’s mind.If you’re a Gmail user, Google has a clever security feature that adds an extra layer of protection to your password.
It’s called 2-step verification, and it requires you to enter a second password when you log into Gmail every 30 days. The second password is sent to your cell phone via text message.
2-step verification is relatively easy to set up if you only use Google services in your web browser. But if you use have apps on your phone or tablet that need access to your Google Account, you’ll need another special password generated by Google.
It can be kind of annoying, but it’s one of the best ways to keep your Gmail account hacker free.
Keep reading for a complete guide to Google’s two-step verification.