What is 2-step verification and why is it so important?
Unfortunately, It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password(s). And when the wrong person gains access to your email account they can wreak havoc on your life by doing one or all of the following:
- Go through your emails, contacts, photos, etc. and delete or harvest information
- Pretend to be you and send unwanted or harmful phishing emails to your contacts
- Use your account to reset the passwords for your other accounts (banking, shopping, etc.) or worse!
You can avoid falling victim to these well known cyber crimes by simply enabling the 2-Step Verification setting on your FIT Google account.
With 2-Step Verification turned on, you will need to take “two steps” to log in to your FIT Gmail account. 2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.
How does it work?
Whenever you sign in to Google, you’ll enter your password as usual. Then, a code will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or the Google mobile app. Some people choose (after initial set up) to print a set of one-use codes to keep with them so they always have a method to verify their account when they don’t readily have access to their mobile device or choose not to share their mobile device number.
To make it even easier, after sep up, you can choose not to use 2-Step Verification again on the particular computer(s) you use every day. You’ll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, 2-Step Verification will be required.
OK, I’m ready to make my account more secure. How do I enable 2-step verification?
First, you must enable your account for 2-step verification. This will require you to know your FIT password and have your mobile device or landline ready. Enable 2-step verification now by following the Google’s Get Started page.
What else can I do to keep my accounts safe?
While this post is primarily about your FIT Google account, IT security authorities highly recommend enabling this setting (sometimes call “multi-factor” or “two-factor”) on other accounts in your personal life where possible. Also, make your passwords unique across all your online identities. Often times, cyber criminals will gain access to one account and try those same credentials on various sites. They have software and scripts that do all the work for them, trying thousands of password and email combos per minute.
Further reading: How to Check for Suspicious Activity on Your Account.