Adding an additional layer of security to your online accounts is no longer optional. There are far too many hacks and database leaks, each with login information for many of our online accounts, so you just have to rely on one password to protect your information.
The use ofthat someone can gain access to your account by requesting your password and a randomly generated six-digit code. Sure, it takes extra work and time to log in to your accounts, but what about a few seconds when your personal information is affected?
Most services that offer 2-step verification allow you to receive a text message or use a dedicated app that contains the six-digit code that you need to sign in to your account. SIM cards to hijack their codes.to get your codes. Hackers could force carriers to switch phone numbers to other
The safest bet? Use a special app to display your access codes, such as: For example, Google's Authenticator app. Do not be fooled by the name, the app will work with more than your Google Account.
If you use the app to display your access codes, you might be wondering what happens if you upgrade your phone or use a lost phone with a new one.
Follow these steps to move or completely disable Google Authenticator on a new device:
Step 1 : Install the Authenticator app on your new iPhone or Android phone.
Step 2 : Visit Google's two-step review page on your computer. Sign in to your Google Account to see your current 2SV settings.
Step 3 : Click Change Phone in the Authenticator App section. Select the type of phone you want to use (Android or iPhone ($ 1,000 on Amazon) ), and follow the instructions. (If you want to completely disable Google Authenticator, click the trashcan icon and confirm your decision.) Google will then send your 2SV codes via text message.)
Step 4 : Open the Authenticator app on your new phone and tap Start the setup > Scan Barcode. Scan the QR code displayed on Google's website with the Authenticator app, and then enter a six-digit code to make sure everything is working properly. Once this is done, the codes on your old device are no longer valid.
Repeat this process for each service you currently use with Google Authenticator, either. Do not delete the Authenticator app from your old phone until you have moved all accounts to your new phone. Otherwise, you will be banned from these accounts – and no one would like that.
Editor's Note: This How To-Post was originally published on June 28, 2013 and has been supplemented with new information.