Gmail Two-Factor Authentication Setup: With Increasing online scams and hackers trying to gain access to a person’s important and sensitive information, it has become crucial for everyone to take security-efficient steps to prevent their data from being hacked. Google has issued a notice to all Gmail users that they must set two-factor authentication in their accounts to add an extra step of security to secure their accounts even more. The notice was issued on the pretext of further protecting their accounts when ‘sensitive actions’ are being taken by the users. By sensitive actions, they mean-
- Creating, editing or importing a filter.
- Adding a new email in the POP.
- Enabling IMAP access status from the settings.
Next Step for All The Gmail Users
Google will determine the risk behind performing any sensitive action. There’s no extra step needed to enable this new security alert protection. If Google finds the action being performed by the user to be risky then Gmail will automatically display the verification prompt. Many users have already turned on the two-factor authentication step in their respective Gmail. For the users who’ve not yet activated this, they can do so by following the steps listed here.
If a user isn’t able to complete the verification properly then a security prompt is sent to all the devices associated with that account. Eg- if someone tries to log in to your Gmail and fails to complete the two-factor authentication process properly then you will receive an email from Google that someone is trying to access your Gmail.
How Will This Feature Benefit You
With the help of this feature, you will be able to secure your Gmail account even more. You will be able to protect yourself from online scams and data breaches. With an increase in theft of data by hackers and scammers it is very important for users to educate themselves about how to report and identify any online scam. Here’s a list of practices you must follow to further protect yourself from any online fraud-
- Never use the same password over multiple channels on the internet.
- Make sure you keep a strong password to ensure nobody is able to guess it.
- Never share or write your passwords anywhere.
- Enable two-factor authentication over apps and tools you use to share personal information or data.
- Do not connect your phone to a random public and open WiFi.
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