Google gets extremely serious about security surrounding gmail after the recent Epsilon security breach where the email addresses of millions of customers of up to 50 major companies may have been compromised.

Google is certainly not taking this lightly as they have already implemented a new security feature called “2 step verification” that is available on all Gmail accounts and I am very impressed with the new feature. But you do have to go in and turn it on. It’s not for the tech newbie. Security has really been beefed up especially for users of an iPhone, Android or Blackberry.

Google has created an app called Google Authenticator.

It’s free in the App Store. The premise behind this app is that most gmail users will have access to their smart phones at all times. I know I do. Since you already have your smartphone on you, having an app  that generates verification codes that are unique and regenerated every 30 seconds would make it a lot tougher for the bad guys to compromise your email account. So whenever you sign into your Gmail account online, you need to enter a verification code that is generated by their App. The best part is that you don’t even have to have an internet connection to use this app. It just works.

Simply put, when you attempt to sign into your Gmail account on the web you will be asked for your username and password. Once you enter this info you are then asked for your Google Authenticator code. In theory you are the only person who could have this code since it’s being generated by your smartphone.

Are you Accessing your Gmail from an Email Client?

If you are accessing Gmail from an email client you would assign a one time code that is unique and separate from your email password. I actually had to assign codes to my iPhone mail, Apple Mail and my Google Notifier for MAC. I’m VERY impressed with the additional security.

So Google has implemented quite a few new security steps to keep ahead of this latest security breach and make their Gmail users accounts secure. But remember, you have to turn 2-Step verification on.

What do you think of the new Google Authenticator service? Are you turning it on? Leave your questions or comments down below. :)

1 Comment

  1. Brian May 12, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    I’m deffo turning it on, small effort for a lot of extra protection to my mind.

    Reply

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