Google 2-Step Verification Options

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  1. What is Google 2-Step Verification?

Any of these below common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:

  • Using the same password on more than one site
  • Downloading software from the Internet
  • Clicking on links in email messages
  • 2-Step Verification can help keep the bad guys out, even if they have your password.

2. How it’s going to work?

  • With 2-Step Verification, you’ll protect your account with both your password and your Verification Code/ OTP
  • Along with password you have to enter the Verification Code/ OTP to complete your account login.

3. The options user has if Verification Code/ OTP is not possible.

  • Google has multiple option to solve this matter.
  1. Google Authenticator App.
  • Get codes via our mobile app instead
  • Even works without data or phone connectivity.
  • The app is available for all popular type of devices.

Windows Computer Authenticator, Java version, Palm OS Version, Android,Windows Phone, Nokia OVI/Store or Option 2 OR Option 3, WebOS phones.C:\Users\Dipesh Bhanushali\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\settings-sms.png

2. Your Mobile Number.

  • Your mobile number will help you to receive Verification Code/ OTP via SMS or over Incoming phone call.
  • Verification Code/ OTP can be used one time only to perforce login.

3. Backup numbers.

  • Your Backup mobile number will help you to receive Verification Code/ OTP via SMS or over Incoming phone call in case you do not have access to your Primary Phone number.
  • Verification Code/ OTP can be used one time only to perforce login.

4. Backup Codes. C:\Users\Dipesh Bhanushali\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\unnamed.png

– While setting up the 2-Step Auth for your Google Account you will have option to generate Backup code.

– You can print or download backup codes, especially if you travel or have problems receiving codes on your phone.

– This will have the 10 backup code and each can be used once only.

– If you reach to 8th code, Google will prompt you to generate next 10 code for you.

5. ASP (Application Specific Password).

  • While setting up the 2-Step Auth for your Google Account you will have option to generate ASP.
  • ASp is going to be used for other than web interface login, like POP/IMAP, SMTP and Microsoft ActiveSync.
  • With any Email client, Application or Device based on above connection type, you can use the ASP to configure the same.
  • You can create multiple ASP for each device or application.
  • ASP is visible only once, as you can create new ASP for the same.

6. Security Keys.

– A Security Key is a physical device that makes signing in to your Google Account more secure.

– After registering a Security Key, you can sign in by inserting the Security Key instead of typing a Verification Code/ OTP.

7. Registered Device.

  • While login from your Browser if you have selected “Remember this computer for 30 days”, the google will not ask you to enter secure code/ OPT again for the same browser.

8. Domain Admin.

– Domain Admin has rights to disable your 2-Step setup or help you to generate new set of Backup code.C:\Users\Dipesh Bhanushali\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\settings-other-computers.png

9. Reseller support

– The same as Domain admin reseller support can also help you to disable 2-Step or generate Backup code for you.

– Kindly note, it’s only possible if Reseller access is enabled by Domain admin.

Some Useful links:

Getting Started: https://accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig

Manage 2-Step settings: https://accounts.google.com/b/0/SmsAuthSettings#devices

Time sync: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/2653433?p=timesync&rd=1

Common issues with 2-Step Verification: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185834