Google 2-Step Verification
If you do only one thing today, please enable 2-step verification on your Google account. We have a Getting Started guide here: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=180744
And step by step instructions for setting up SMS here: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=185839
Then download the app for your Android, iOS, or other smartphone here: http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=1066447How it works
2-step verification works by requiring both your password, which only you know, and
a one-time secret number generated by your phone, which only you have, the first time you access your Google account from a new machine or device.
So while you might have your password stolen someday, or you might lose your phone, it's very unlikely both would ever happen at the same time. Unless you wrote down your password on the back of your phone. But you wouldn't do that, now would you? : )It's easy!
A few minutes today means you won't ever have to worry about someone getting into your email or your other personal data again. I've enabled 2-step verification on all of my Google accounts and I sleep much better at night for having done it.
Today's the perfect day to enable 2-step verification, too. My heart goes out to Mathew Honan after he lost his password to hackers last night [1,2]. Now, like thousands of others who hear his story, he will no doubt be setting up 2-step verification on all of his accounts right away.It's for you!
Keeping personal accounts safe is something that everyone wants, not just famous journalists or computer geeks. While it doesn't happen every day, sometimes anyone, even you or me, can make a mistake and accidentally let a password fall into the wrong hands. So why not take just a moment today and make sure that even if it does happen to you, your data will still be safe and secure forever.
Let us know in the comments once you've set everything up!