Google 2-Step Verification and Tablets/Phones

by Seth Miller

The Google 2-Step verification virtually eliminates account hijacking but can be a pain when trying to sign in from a new computer or device. I highly advise those of you with Google accounts to use the 2-step verification and for Pete’s sake, make your password at least a little complicated. If you are going to continue using your last name followed by the number one, you are explicitly giving everyone affected permission to make fun of you for no less than one year.

If you aren’t familiar with how this works, here’s a quick run down. When you sign into your Google account (which includes Google+, Gmail, etc.) your only verification by default is your (hopefully complicated) password. The second step which can be easily added to your account then sends you a verification number by SMS, phone call or a number of other techniques that must be entered as well to make sure you are who you say you are.

I use the cell phone SMS as a source for verification codes since I almost always have my phone on my person. However, the 2-step verification assumes you are using a browser when you are signing into your account and it has the ability to pop up another page asking for the verification code. When this is not a possibility, there is another option.

Google has created “Application-specific Codes” to allow you to generate a code ahead of time so you are doing both steps of verification at once. Follow the instructions on Google’s help page and enjoy the added security of 2-step verification without sacrificing your devices or your security.