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Entering your Gmail password on a computer, mobile or tablet will
no longer be enough
to access your email or other Google services.
The company has announced in a statement that it will "soon" begin to "automatically implement two-step authentication for all users."
Two-step authentication is
an additional layer of security
that is intended to verify that whoever is entering a password is actually the owner of a Google account.
Its operation is relatively simple.
As the internet giant itself explains on its blog, users "have to confirm that they are really them with
a simple tap on a Google message sent to their mobile
For most users this is a useful measure since it represents an added difficulty in the face of an
(an acquaintance who has found out their password or a cybercriminal who has discovered it through a leak or massive hack )
and with it sensitive information such as emails, contact list, photographs, etc.
However, for some users this change
can be a small inconvenience
since, in most cases, they will need to carry their mobile phone with them to confirm their identity.
Something not always possible in situations of trouble or emergency where we have to connect from the computer or mobile of an acquaintance.
How to set up two-step authentication
For the vast majority of users, two-step authentication is
a good way to protect email and social media accounts,
and its activation process is simple and free.
If you want to
manually activate this function
, you must access your Gmail account by entering your name and username and password in the normal way.
Once the access has been achieved, you must click on the icon with 9 points that is in the upper right corner of your screen and a drop-down will open.
Within this drop-down menu, you must
select the account option
(which will normally be the first one to appear).
Once inside the "account" section,
you must select the "security" option
on the left side of your screen to then look for the "Sign in to Google" menu.
Within this menu,
the "two-step verification" option will appear,
which will allow us to configure this option in our Google account.
How to find out if my password has been leaked or hacked
The passwords of millions of users are posted on the Internet and are available to scammers and cybercriminals without their rightful owners knowing.
Fortunately, there is a simple way to
know if our password has been compromised
in some type of hack or leak.
This check is simple, free and
the process will not take more than 30 seconds
To do this, you must access the website haveibeenpwned.com.
Once inside, you will find a search bar in which it asks us to enter our mobile phone (which we must write in international format) or the email address
whose security we want to check
Next, we must
click on the "pwned?
and wait a few seconds for the results.
The website itself will check the email entered and the mobile phone with the millions of previously filtered accounts and will tell us if our email or phone has been compromised at any time.
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