Google 2-Step Verification

Even paranoids have enemies. Especially in the Wild West that is the Internet. Hackers and hacking programs abound to steal your passwords, identity, etc. If you don’t believe it can happen to you, think again. It can happen to the best of us, Wired journalist Mat Honan, as he explains in this article how his digital life was dissolved before his eyes.

Many of us are reliant on Google’s services. If you’re one of them, it is a good idea to turn on Google’s 2-step verification. This video explains how.

One note. Google tells you: “Some applications that work outside a browser aren’t yet compatible with 2-step verification and cannot ask for verification codes. These include GMail on your iPad and Android. The same video, but starting at 2:13, explains how to generate and enter (once per app and device) an application-specific password.

I’ve already set this up. It took about 10 minutes, but could save me a lot of hours (and maybe $$) from hacking. It seems a simple and wise precaution.

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