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How to Setup The Google Authenticator App On your Android Device

I've written about two articles on how to secure your passwords and other personal credentials using password management software like LastPass and the like. Google Authenticator uses a two-step verification to secure your account. The two-step verification makes it hard for hackers and other unwanted guests have access to your stuff. By implementing the Google Authenticator, you're on your way to being secured. When you want to log in to your account, the Google Authenticator provides a one-time password which you'll have to provide whenever you want to access Google services. Apart from Google based sites, the Google Authenticator can also be used on other sites when you've set it up.

How to Setup The Google Authenticator On your Android Device

The one-time password goes to the phone number you used when registering on Google, this was put in place in order for Google to know its really you accessing your account. It can also be triggered when you sign into your account from an unknown location or with a new device. Before you can begin using the Google Authenticator app, you'll have to download the app from Google play store. Before I will give you the Google Authenticator download link and setup procedure, i will like to enlighten you on some of the benefits you get to enjoy when you start using the Google Authenticator application.

Google Authenticator Features

  1. It is very safe as it is offered by Google LLC.
  2. It works fine on all Android device (running Android 2.3.3 or later) and accounts providers.
  3. You can set up the Google Authenticator app on your device automatically using QR code.
  4. It can work offline( You can generate OTP offline!)
  5. It is free to use.

How the Google Authenticator 2-step verification Works

The Google Authenticator app adds an extra layer of security to your account by using the 2-step verification system. The normal way of protection that most people including myself have adopted over the years is the one-step security system which is just your password. Due to the increasing rate of cyber theft, several online firms have incorporated the two-step verification sytem into their workplace. This will reduce the rate of the cyber crime greatly because the does not have your device. A typical scenario happens when a hacker tries to access your account from an unknown location that is not in your sign in history, Google asks for the OTP( One time password) and the hacker couldn't provide it because he/she does not have your mobile phone. Now your account is secured all thanks to the 2-step verification that requires the hacker to input the OTP sent to your mobile number. I hope you now understand why you need the Google Authenticator app? It wades off hackers and cyber criminals from your account.
 Now, i will teach you how to setup the 2-step verification on your device. Kindly note that the verification codes are always different each time Google sends one so that the hackers cannot crack it.

How To Setup The 2-step verification 

To be able to setup the Google authenticator on your device, you must've set up the 2-step verification on your Google account first. If you've not done that, visit Google site to get started.
Now, go ahead and install the Google Authenticator app on the Google playstore here.
After installation, you'll need to also also install a Barcode scanner. If you have one, don't worry but if you don't, the Google authenticator app will prompt you to install one.

Setting up the 2-step verification

  1. Open your Chrome browser and follow this link to go to the Google security page.
  2. Click on the "Get started" button at the upper-right corner of the site.
  3. You'll be taken to the 2-step verification page. Click on the "Get started" icon again.
  4. You're be redirected to the Google account login page where you'll need to input your login credentials to continue the step.
  5. Now, you're on a new page where you're required to make two decisions.
  6.    1. Enter the phone number you want Google to send the code to. Make sure the line is active as the code will enter almost instantly.
  7.    2. Choose the mode you want to use to receive the code. It could be by "sms" or by "phone call".
  8. Input the code you received and follow the next step to finalize the process. 

To setup 2-step verification on your Google Authenticator App

  1. Go to the Google account security page.
  2. Tap the "2-step verification" to continue.
  3. Look out for the Authenticator app section, clik on the "setup" button.
  4. Now choose the type of device you're using either Android or iPhone. Then click on "Next", the QR code will be visible.
  5. Launch the Google authenticator app and tap on "Begin setup" to continue.
  6. Then click on the "Scan a barcode" icon.
  7. Now point your device to your web broswer in order to scan the code.
  8. Click the "Next" icon.
  9. A code will be sent to your mobile phone, input it in the text box provided and click on the "verify" button.
  10. Finally, click on the "Done" button to finalize the process.

Great news! you have successfully setup the 2-step verification on your Google authenticator app and your account.  Do your enjoy this article? kindly drop your comments below and don't forget to share this articles to your friends!

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