This Is The Best Way To Make Sure Your Gmail Password Stays Safe


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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.

Log into Gmail and find your photo in the top right of your browser window. Click it.

Enter your cell number here. Google needs to send you a text message with your new verification code.

You'll get a text message from Google within a minute. The message will have your six-digit verification code. (We blurred ours here for obvious reasons.)

On the next screen, you'll see every app that you've authorised to access your Google Account. Scroll down to set a password to each one.

Now you need to generate a password for each app that has access to your Google Account...

Here's your password! (It'll be 16 characters long, but we blurred out some here.) Now we need to enter this new password in our iPhone's settings.

Enter the new password here. You'll never have to do it again for this app. But you do need to go through the same process for every other app that has access to your Google Account.

What if you're not near your computer and need to generate a password for an app?

Google has an iPhone and Android app called Google Authenticator. This app will create a new password for you on the go if you need it.

Download it here for iPhone and Android.

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