Two-Factor Authentication AKA Two-Step Verification
It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password
Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:
- Using the same password on more than one site
- Downloading software from the Internet
- Clicking on links in email messages
2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.
How it works
Signing in to your account will work a little differently
1. Enter your password
Whenever you sign in to Google, you'll enter your password as usual.
2. Enter a verification code
Then, you'll be asked for a code that will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app.
Keep sign-in simple
During sign-in, you can tell us not to ask for a code again on that particular computer. From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in.
You'll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code will be required.
How it protects you
An extra layer of security
Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he'll still need your phone to get into your account.
Sign in will require something you know and something you have
With 2-Step Verification, you'll protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone).
Verification codes made just for you