Google Beefs Up Security To Protect Gmail Users

Google has made a few changes to its Gmail service so that users feel more comfortable with the security and safety of their personal information.

An optional extra layer of security is on offer so that it is twice as hard for you to get your information hacked and abused. Threat Post has reported that the new two step verification feature will prompt users to enter a confidential code as well as their nominated password. The beefed up security feature is very similar to that of online banking.

According to Mashable, the implementation of increased security is mainly for people who reuse the same password on multiple sites. If one of those sites gets hacked then all of your accounts could potentially be comprimised. There are different ways to get your code, with a text message or automated text message being two of the ways.

There is also an app you can use called Google Authenticator which will generate a code for you if you own an Android device, iPhone or Blackberry. Google Security product manager Nishit Shah spoke on their official blog and said “The idea behind two-step verification is that it relies on something you know, your password, as well as something you have, your phone”. You can read more of what Shah had to say by following the links, also leave us your thoughts on the increase in security and if you will use the two step verification.