You can enforce Google account protection with simple and quick measures. The security desk is only available in the browser and offers options such as adding a phone number and recovery email, enabling 2-step verification, printing backup codes to handle them in case of system failure, and revoking Application access in unused account.
In addition to making login more secure, adjustments make it easier to recover your account in the event of a password break or loss. Learn how to access Google's security center and secure your account.
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Step 1. Go to Google in the browser and open the menu in the upper right corner. Then select the "Account" option;
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Step 2. If you are not logged in to your Google account, press the "Sign in" button. If it is already connected, skip to step 4 of the tutorial;
Login to access security options Photo: Playback / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 3. Enter your password and select the "Next" option;
Enter your password to proceed Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 4. Access the "Security" tab from the options available in the left corner of the screen. This section concentrates all privacy controls on the Google account.
Access the security section to enhance account protection Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
1. Add a phone and recovery email
Step 1. On the Security tab, navigate to the Ways to verify your identity section. To add a mobile number, select the Recovery Phone option. You will need to re-enter your account password to verify identity;
Inserting a recovery phone helps strengthen account security Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 2. Press the button Add a recovery phone number;
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Step 3. You can choose a previously entered number or enter a new one. In this case, check Use another number and then confirm in Add;
Choose an existing number or add a new photo: Play / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 4. Enter the phone number (with DDD) and press Next;
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Step 5. Google will send a six digit code via SMS to confirm your identity. Select receive code to proceed;
Press "receive code" Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 6. Enter the received code and press verify. Google may ask you to re-enter your account password;
Check the received code Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 7. After adding the number, check back the Ways to verify your identity section and choose the Recovery Email option to enter a new email address. You will need to enter the account password again;
Having an aggregated recovery email account important protection measure Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 8. By default, there will be a default recovery email as Google requests this information when creating the account. Tick the pencil icon to edit the address;
Pencil icon lets you edit recovery email Photo: Playback / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 9. It is recommended to enter a non-Gmail email to enhance account security. After entering the new address, confirm in Done.
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2. Enable 2-Step Verification
Step 1. On the Security tab, navigate to the How to sign in to Google section and choose 2-Step Verification;
Enable 2-Step Verification Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 2. To proceed, press the Get started option. You will need to reenter the password;
Click on first steps to proceed with activation Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 3. From the list displayed, select your smartphone and press the Try Now button;
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Step 4. Google will send a request to the mobile phone. With the smartphone in hands, press yes and grant the authorization. Login to be approved. Back at the computer, a screen appears asking you to choose how you want to receive the codes. Select your favorite option and select Submit;
Select how you would like to receive the codes Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 5. Enter the received verification code and proceed to next;
Enter the verification code Photo: Play / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 6. To end the process, press activate.
Press the "activate" button to end setup Photo: Playback / Ana Letcia Loubak
3. Print backup codes
Step 1. Still in the 2-Step Verification option, scroll down to Backup Codes and press the configure option;
Backup Codes Are Alternate Step Two-Step Automatic Verification Photo: Playback / Ana Letcia Loubak
Step 2. Ten backup codes will be generated. Press the download or print button to have them saved when your phone is offline or in case of problems with the authenticator.
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4. Revoke unused application access
Step 1. On the Security tab, go to the Third Party Apps with account access and select Manage Third Party Access;
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Step 2. V at Sign in with Google to see the list of apps that have account access. Click on the app you want to remove and press the Remove Access button.
Remove unused apps from list Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letcia Loubak
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