Google now enrolls its users for two-step verification by default. The company rolled out Mandate earlier this month, enrolling nearly 150 million of its users for two-factor authentication by default. Google notified users of the move earlier this month, and began signing accounts for 2FA on November 9th. Now, this is only for those who haven’t set up two-factor authentication yet. Google says that signing in with both a password and Step 2 on your phone gives an extra layer of security and protects accounts from password theft scams.
Now, chances are that if you haven’t set up two-factor authentication, you won’t have to because Google is doing it for you automatically. However, if you don’t want automatic set-up, you can go ahead and set up two-step verification for your Google Account at any time. Let us walk you through how to set up two-factor authentication for your Google Account:
How to Make Your Google Account More Secure with Two-Factor Authentication
- Open the Google app on your phone or Google.com on your PC
- Select “Manage Your Account”
- Go to “Security Tab”
- Under the “Signing in to Google” tab, you’ll see a 2-Step Verification option
- On the next page, select “Get started”. Enter your password to continue
- Now, you have to select the second step of your choice. This can be either a security key, a text message or a voice call. This way you’ll enter your Google Account every time you log in.
- After selecting the second step, enter your mobile number. This will help if you lose your phone or your second step is unavailable
- Enter the code you received on your phone and tap “Turn on”
Google also gives you the option to set up additional back steps like a backup code, an authenticator app, and a security key. Users can also skip the second step on trusted devices that they use frequently like their laptops or smartphones.