Google Two-Step Authentication Sign-in To Access Google Apps, Likely To Extend The Process To All Google Accounts

Written By Sam on 22 September 2010

A two-factor authentication for all Google accounts? Well, that’s on the anvil. But for the moment, Google has rolled out the two-step sign-in process initially for all its apps. A two-factor authentication uses two separate methods to verify a user’s identity before giving them access to sensitive data/information. This means when enabled by an administrator, it will require two means of identification to sign in to a Google Apps account, something you know: a password, and something you have: a mobile phone.

Google explained that after entering the password, a verification code is sent to the user’s mobile phone via SMS, voice calls, or generated on an application you can install on the Android, BlackBerry or iPhone device. Combining the traditional username and passwords with unique codes generated on request is expected to make the signing-in process more secure.

The search giant is also reported to be open sourcing its authentication app to enable businesses to customize it. The company’s official blog revealed, “administrators for Google Apps Premier, Education, and Government Editions can activate Two-step verification from the English version of the Admin Control Panel, and Standard Edition customers will be able to access it in the months ahead”. Once enabled by their administrator, end users can set it up in the Accounts tab in Gmail settings, the company added.

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