Google’s 2-step verification: An excellent added security

A week ago, I enrolled in Google Account’s 2-step verification, and I think it’s a very good security improvement. The 2-step verification protects users from password compromise and identity theft.

If you enroll in Google’s 2-step verification, you will be asked to enter your mobile number. Each time you login to a computer, you are required to enter a verification code sent to your phone. That means, that if somebody wants to steal or hack your account, he must have your login name, your password,  and your phone too! You can also have a back-up mobile number which will be used in case you lost your mobile phone. To save you the trouble of entering a code every login, you may allow Google to remember your computer for 30 days.

Google also  allows you to print verification codes, each of which can be used once, in case you don’t have access to both mobile phones.  Once you run out of codes, you can login to your account and generate more.

For more information about the 2-step verification, click here.

Gmail asking for password — be careful!

When I opened my email this morning, I received an ‘Identity Verification’ email from ‘Gmail’ (verifiesences@gmail.com), which I think is a hoax.

The content of this letter is the following.

We have received several complaints from users unable to gain access to their email account, as a result of that, we are upgrading our security systems and making sure each user account is not accessed unauthorised. We do not want you to loose access to your Account since your login information are no longer valid on our database system. Now, the Gmail Account Team need to confirm your profile details below for verification purpose and to confirm that you own this Account:


*Username:
*Pasword:
*Date of Birth:
*Country:

Please answer each question as thoroughly and accurately as possible, Your detailed answers will help us ensure that only you get access to your account. In an effort to protect your privacy and keep your information secure, if we detect unusual activity on the account, we may disable it.

Thank you for using our email service!

I am pretty sure that this email is not from Gmail, so do not reply to this email. As a general rule, DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSWORD to anyone via email or any electronic form.

 

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