Google wants to secure your accounts via codes sent to your phone

If you have ever used VPN tokens to remotely access your computer at work, then this concept is going to sound familiar.  Google wants to increase the security when logging into any of their sites or apps by creating a two-step verification system.  Here’s how it would work:

In addition to using your normal login name and password, Google will send a verification code to your phone, or allow you to generate one yourself using an app right from your smartphone device.  You would then enter this code along with your regular login credentials to prove that “you are really you” – and not somebody who just key-logged your username and password.

I’ve seen a similar strategy used before with banking websites, usually when you forget your password or log in from a different computer.  This is really smart on Google’s part, as there are a lot of applications and services now being used by businesses and I’m sure they wouldn’t want their accounts compromised.

via [Google Online Security Blog]

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  • Dan Olin

    This concept really appeals to me, but after looking in to it, it appears that you need a Google Apps account to utilize this. The $50/year/user is not a deal breaker, but I wasn’t expecting it. I’m going to hold off for a little while to see if they roll it out as a free option though.

  • Nope

    This is all well & good, as long as they don’t force people to use it. If it’s required to do anything every time then it just becomes annoying.

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  • blob

    Google says it wants to know everything about everybody by the year 2020.  Its now collecting phone numbers…