What is two-step verification
2 step verification is an extra layer of protection to google account. The extra step of authentication involves receiving OTP on a registered mobile device before accessing your email.
Prerequisites for google authenticator setup
There are a few things that must happen before you can continue with this setup.
- 2-Step Verification set up must be enabled for your Google account.
- Install the Authenticator app.
- Install a barcode scanner.
Google Authenticator Setup
Once the prerequisites are all set, it is time to begin the set process.
- Launch your favorite browser.
- Go to the Google account security page
- Click on Two-Step Verification.
- Then, Under the Authenticator App section, click on “Setup”.
- Select device type and click “Next” to open a QR code.
- Launch mobile Authenticator app.
- Tap “BEGIN SETUP”
- Tap on “Scan a barcode”
- Scan the QR code from your browser
- And Click “Next”
- Enter the code received on your mobile device field provided and click verify.
- Finally, Click the Done and the setup is complete.
Advantages of the google authenticator app
Once the google authenticator set up is done, You will receive a one time password either by an SMS or an authenticator app. whenever access is sought to your mail account. Here are some advantages of using Google authenticator app for two-factor authentication.
The authenticator app is more secures. Since some other apps also access SMS, note that your account might not be totally safe. The Google Authenticator app functions independently and also do not share the resource.
Shorter OTP-life time
OTPs Generated by SMS has a 30 minutes lifetime and with such a long life period, it can be stolen and used by someone else. While the authenticator app generates time-based one-time passwords and a new password after 60 seconds.
It Functions without network or internet coverage
The Authenticator app works independently of an internet source. So if your phone is out of network for any reason, google authenticator works just fine.
Google authenticator surely guarantees safety.