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How To Video: Make your Google account more secure

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How To Video: Make your Google account more secure

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Learn how to add a second layer of password protection to your Google and Gmail account using two-step verification.

A I've got a nice strong password on my Google account but some extra peace of mind I said Google's two step verification. That means any -- -- -- -- log -- to Google -- Gmail from new computer phone or tablet whether it's mine or someone else's. I enter a second unique password that Google text my phone. Make things a little inconvenient but a lot more secure here's how to do it. First log into your account at -- dot com -- in August in the right corner and then select account. From this page select security in the left menu. You'll see -- setting a -- step verification. To switch it on click the edit button and log in again with your password. And this page you'll see a link for turning on to step verification. Click it and he walked through the process of adding your mobile phone number. Received an SMS message with the tax code on your phone. Add to that code into the box -- on your computer and click verify from here you'll get an opportunity to make the computer that you're currently using a trusted computer. This means that you won't be -- with the two step process every -- -- music. Attitudes that verification is turned on you'll probably find that nothing works anymore if you had Gmail or Google calendar running on your phone or Google music manager on your computer. We think a minute to reauthorize it. From the same page click the link for managing application specific passwords. Enter your password again and then scroll down to the bottom section. -- on reference type in the name of the thing that you're making a -- for and then click the generate button. You'll get a random password but to use instead of your standard password for web app -- trying to -- -- For example to get Gmail on its iPod Touch here I go -- my mail settings edit my Gmail account and then type in the generated password it's long. But security doesn't -- -- you gonna have to repeat that process for all of your other devices since these password app and device specific the upshot here is that if I lost my iPod. He's the same account page -- -- that password and cut off -- accessed my account without haven't changed the passwords on all of my devices. Finally if you find yourself bouncing between computers are bouncing around the globe. Google -- an app called authenticate -- for both IOS and Android and it can provide you with your to step authorization code even if out of cell -- range. So they go about how to lock down your Google account some serious security is a bit of a pain but -- rest a little easier. From our house is like bees is how to dot cnet.com. For CNN I'm Donald bell.

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