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Set up Google two-factor authentication

Patrick Stafford /

tech-tricksIf you use a Google account – and you probably do – then you’ve most likely set up a nice, strong password so people can’t get into your accounts.

 

But there’s a better way to protect your data. Two-factor authentication will give you an extra layer of security.

 

Two-factor authentication is simple. You simply add a mobile number to your account, so if anyone tries to access your account through a different device, Google sends you a text message with an activation code. A hacker needs both your password, and access to your mobile number to get in – having two passwords to crack is obviously much harder than having one.

 

If you want to set up two-factor authentication, then head here.

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Patrick Stafford

Patrick Stafford is a freelance journalist and a former deputy editor of SmartCompany.

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