The search engine giant has introduced advanced sign-in feature for its users.
The feature basically offers DIY two factor authentication, with users having to not only enter their passwords, but also, the code that they receive on their mobile devices, or generate for themselves.
Moreover, next to the code, the user is also presented with the opportunity to enter a backup phone number in case he loses access to the primary device.
Once you enable 2-step verification, you'll see an extra page that prompts you for a code when you sign in to your account. After entering your password, Google will call you with the code, send you an SMS message or give you the choice to generate the code for yourself using a mobile application on your Android, BlackBerry or iPhone device. The choice is up to you. When you enter this code after correctly submitting your password we'll have a pretty good idea that the person signing in is actually you.
Microsoft's Hotmail offers a similar service, with Yahoo! Mail currently in catch up mode.
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