It’s a sad fact that hackers want your password and it can be exposed through a number of methods like phishing, a compromised computer or from another hacked website.
Did you know we have a system available that will prevent people from accessing your Williams google account even if they know your password?
(also referred to as two-step, 2-step, multi-factor authentication or verification or 2FA) is basically just a way to ‘double lock’ your account. Instead of just having one level of security of ‘something you know’, like your username & password, it also requires ‘something you have’ that’s unique to only you, like your cell phone. Together these 2 things prove that the person attempting to log onto your account is really you. This way even if someone gets your password somehow they still can’t access your account since they don’t have your cell phone as well.
How to enable 2-Step verification on your Williams e-mail account;
To sign up for 2 Step on your Williams e-mail account visit here http://www.google.com/2step . Once you have this enabled you will use a code sent to you from Google to verify your login. Once you set the code you have the option to have the device remembered for 30 days.
You can have the 2nd authentication set up in a number of different ways including;
- an app on your mobile device
- a text message
- a phone call
- a printed list of codes (useful for when you are traveling in locations where you might not have a cell or wi-fi signal)
For anyone travelling internationally we highly recommend you install the app print out “Backup” Codes and keep them in your wallet.
App Specific Passwords
Since you access your Google account from some applications on your mobile device or computer that cannot access your 2 step verification code, Google has a feature that creates unique App Specific Passwords for these applications. This feature will create a unique 16 character for each application you need access from. Once you enter this password you can forget it since you’ll never have to worry about again. (Note: If you use Mac Mail you will need to add the Google Password in two locations, for both outgoing mail and incoming).
You can cancel & revoke these passwords without having to modify your real password. This is especially handy for applications on your phone or other mobile device that might get lost or stolen, just revoke those passwords and no one can get to your mail, calendar etc from that device. For more information about this visit https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185833?hl=en
Other sites that use 2 Factor Authentication
Now that your William’s account is nicely secured, what about all the rest of your accounts on the internet? You’re in luck, many other popular websites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, PayPal and LinkedIn allow you to enable 2 Factor Authentication. In addition your bank & credit card providers probably offer this as well. See https://twofactorauth.org/ for a fairly comprehensive list of sites that offer this type of service.
For more information about 2 Factor authentication visit http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/details/?id=460