Google and 2 factorApril 15th, 2012 by Jeanne Boyarsky
Don’t want someone else sending e-mail as you? Don’t want someone reading your e-mail? Don’t want your email hacked? Then why do you only protect you e-mail with a flimsy (or not so flimsy) password?
It’s scary what someone could do with your e-mail. Luckily, Google has been offering 2-factor authentication for over a year.
How it works
When you turn on 2 factor, Google asks you what options you’d like to turn on as a secondary authentication channel. I use the following (in order of preference):
- Google Authenticator iPad application
- phone call to mobile phone
- text to mobile phone
- written down one time use passwords
Security is more work than being non-secure. That’s why my password isn’t “jeanne”. It’s one that I have to actually remember. When I first turned this on, there was less than an hour of initial inconvenience. Which consisted of:
- reading about 2 factor
- turning on 2 factor
- entering the second code for the three devices on which I regularly use gmail
- creating an “one application only” password for the apps that use google sign on but don’t support two factor
I’m happy with 2 factor. It’s such a minor inconvenience to have it on that it is more than worth the extra security on my account.