How to setup 2 step verification for your Google Account

After reading a fascinating article on Wired, about how Mat Honan had his digital identity systematically stolen and erased I thought I would increase the security on some of my accounts, starting with Google.

Log into your Google account, for this I logged into Gmail. Click the down arrow in the top right corner of the screen, and then click Account in the Profile dialogue box.

Next, select Security from the left hand menu, and then click the Edit button for 2-step verification.

Once you’ve read the process in the diagram below, click Start Setup.

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Right, we’re now ready to click Start Setup.

Click Send Code.

Insert the code and click Verify.

Decide whether you want the computer to be trusted or not. Click Next.

Click Confirm to complete the setup.

A new window will pop up detailing Apps that cannot use Verification Codes. You now have the option to create an application password for them, or do this later.

You’ll also have the option to add a backup phone number in case your phone is lost or stolen.

The link below has a simple instructional video and further information about the whole process, and goes into detail about creating application passwords.

Google 2 step verification codes.