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Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a way to secure your online accounts that get’s us closer to the “perfect perfection”.

* Something you know

* Something you have

* Something you ARE

A username and password is only “Something you know” – so it’s a single factor authentication

Something you ARE is something like fingerprints, retinal scan or facial recognition.

We’re adding a mobile-based verification to our Google account so it’s “Something you Have”

Steps:

1. Log into Google.com with your account

2. Go into “My Account”

3. Under “Sign-in & Security”, click “Signing into Google”

Before continuing, this is a good time to set your “recovery email” & “recovery phone” to accounts that are NOT served by your Google account.

* In other words, once you enable 2-Factor authentication, you will require a verification to enter your Google-connected resources. If you setup to send that verification to a Google-connected resource, you won’t be able to access the account to get the verification without first verifying the account.

4. Under “Password & sign-in method” click “2-Step Verification”

5. Click “Get Started” (you’ll have to sign-in)

6. Enter the phone number of the mobile that will receive your verification codes

7. Enter the code you just received on your phone.

** You are now setup to use 2-Factor Authentication for ALL your Google-connected resources. Anytime you want to access a Google-connected resource from a NEW browser/computer/device/location, you WILL be required to have a verification code that is sent to your device.

Bonus Features!

There are several features available in Google MFA that you really should use.

1. Backup Codes

* If you’ve ever worried about being able to access your account after you lose your device or if you’re out of connection range, this is for you.

* This will give you a set of 10 one-time use verification codes.

* EACH TIME you press “Get New Codes”, it will eliminate the old codes from the authentication list

* You can download them to a thumb drive/laptop or print and keep in your wallet.

2. The Authenticator

* This is an app you can download to your Android or iPhone that will give you verification codes even when your phone is offline.

3. Backup Phone

4. Security Key

* A Security key is a device (usually USB) that acts as your second-factor w/o you needing to type anything in.

* You MUST have the device in order to sign in.

Pro Tip:

* Every once in a while, revoke access from ALL trusted devices. This will require you to MFA for all your devices, but it “clears the table” of any devices you may have authenticated and forgotten.

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