Passwords are a pain sometimes. Use the same one at too many places and you risk losing everything, use too many different ones and they’re too difficult to remember. Google are now trying to avert these problems by adding another layer of security to Google Accounts – two-step verification. Here’s how it works. Google will first ask for your password, then a verification code that you can obtain using your phone. This is similar to the system introduced for Google Apps customers a while ago. This will added in the next few days, with a new link poised to appear on your Account settings page.

You can opt-in to have your logins need an additional step. Umm… yeah.

If you’re absolutely sure no one else will be using your computer, you can even set the account up to remember your verification code for a 30-day period, following which you’ll have regenerate and enter it again.

I'm not sure I like this, to be honest. But it is optional and security is rather important right now, because I don’t want my account getting hacked and sending out strange things to people I know. What’s your take on this?

Publish date: February 11, 2011 1:08 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:18 pm

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