Here’s How To Prevent Your Google Account From Ever Getting Hacked

OMG! 4.93 Million Google accounts were recently hacked and you’ve no idea if yours was one of them? Well smarty, if you thought no one could touch your account, you’re wrong! It’s time for you to secure your account with more than a decent password (first change your password to something more secure than your pet dog’s name!). Read carefully now. 4.93 million Google accounts. That’s no small number. While your account might still be safe (or is it? Check now! ) it is better to ensure that you don’t go through such a scare again in the future. The best way out of the hacking issue is to enable 2-step verification so no one can access your account without that special code which only you have on your phone. Though a little cumbersome, 2-step verification is the best security you can get at this point in time.

Don’t know how to enable 2-step verification? Let us guide you.

  1. Sign into your Google account with your regular username and password.

  2. Click your picture on the top right corner (or the outline in the circle if you do not have a pic) and select ‘Accounts’ from the options provided.

  3. You will be taken to a separate page resembling your Google Plus profile with all your details. Click on the ‘Security’ tab on the top carousel.

  4. In the first box on the left, you will see an option to change your password or set up 2-step verification. The status displayed for your 2-step verification will be displayed as ‘Disabled’. Choose the ‘Setup’ hyperlink to the right of disabled.

  5. You will be re-directed to the 2-step verification page. Click on the ‘Start Setup’ option. You will be guided step by step now on how to set up the two step verification.

  6. You’ll be asked to sign in again. There’s nothing to worry. Just use your credentials and sign in a second time.

  7. Enter the number you wish to recieve your codes on. You can either get your code via SMS or call. Choose the option most convenient to you.

  8. Once you save the number, Google will instantly send an SMS to the mobile number provided. Enter that number in the box.

  9. Once you enter the code, you will be taken to a page that asks you whether you want to trust the computer from where you set up the code. If you’re on your personal system, you can click yes. That way, you won’t have to enter the code each time you log in from your own PC.

  10. Once you confirm your choices, your verification is
    complete. You will also receive a list of codes to log in with, incase you cannot access your phone. Google also asks you for an alternate number on which the code can be sent. It’s really simple and you don’t need to be a genius to figure it out. Just activate it NOW!

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