Multi-factor authentication uses two or more authentication factors to verify a user’s identity. In the case of 2FA, the factors used are something you know (for example, a username and password) and something you have (such as a security key).
Multi-factor authentication is more secure than single-factor authentication because additional layers of security are required to access an account.
How Do I Enable Multi-factor Authentication?
You can enable 2FA through the Security Center in your dashboard. Here’s how:
Login to your Dashboard. Click Settings > Security Center. Click Enable Two-Factor Authentication. Enter your password and click Continue. You will then see instructions for setting up two-factor authentication on your mobile device.
Please Note: After enabling 2FA, you will be needing to enter a six-digit code (the second factor) in addition to your password when logging in from an unrecognized computer or device.
How Multi-factor Authentication Works?
Here’s a step-by-step guide to logging in with Multi-factor Authentication:
Step 1: Enter your password. You will be redirected to a page that prompts you to enter the code you used when setting up 2FA.
Step 2: Enter the six-digit code generated by the authenticator app on your mobile device. Click Submit.
How Do I Disable Two-factor Authentication?
You can disable two-factor authentication through the Security Center in your dashboard. Here’s how:
Login to your Dashboard. Click Settings > Security Center. Click Disable Two-Factor Authentication. Enter your password and click Continue.
Data Encryption & Security
Your data is encrypted in transit from your computer to Google’s servers, and once it arrives, it is stored on Google’s servers in an encrypted format.
We use industry-standard practices to protect your data against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For instance, when it is on our servers, and we maintain technical and organizational measures. To protect it against unauthorized access when it is being transmitted.
When we transmit highly confidential data (such as payment card information) over the web, we protect it through the use of encryption such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS).
However, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and Google cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use or disclose your data. We also cannot guarantee that there will be no unintended disclosure of your data due to errors in transmission or unauthorized acts of third parties.
In the event of any security incident that we deem material, we will inform you via email and prominent notice on our website of any such breach and provide you with the opportunity to take appropriate action (including without limitation initiating credit card fraud monitoring and reporting services).
How Do I Turn Off Location History?
You can turn off Location History at any time by going to My Activity in your Dashboard, clicking on the gear icon, and unchecking the box next to Location History. If you turn off Location History, Google will stop recording your location information.
In summary, Google will make every effort to keep your data safe and secure. That said, no security system is impenetrable and Google cannot guarantee the security of your data during its transmission or its storage on Google’s servers.