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[Tips and Tutorial] [MIUI Resources Team] How to Secure Your Accounts With 2FA

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Hello MIUIers,
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a hot topic, and for a good reason. 2FA provides an additional layer of security for your online account by requiring a second login token, on a separate device. A password for your password, in a sense. 2FA works differently depending on the online account you are using. 2FA also carries slightly different names in some places, too. So, here is your short guide to enabling 2FA, in its various guises, on a host of online accounts.

How Does 2FA Work?
Two-Factor Authentication works by locking your account with two separate “factors.” In this case, a factor is “something you know” (e.g. password), “something you have” (e.g. phone), or “something you are” (e.g. fingerprint). You have the best protection combing two of these factors.

If your account uses two locks of the same factor, you have two-step authentication. For instance, your password and an additional security question (think mother’s maiden name, first pet name, and so), are both “something you know.” While this isn’t bad, per se, full two-factor authentication is more secure.

How to Set Up 2FA on Gmail and Google
Your Google accounts can use several different 2FA schemes, such is the search giant’s commitment to securing your accounts.

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The first is through the newer Google Prompt system. Instead of sending a one-time code, you receive a Google Prompt on your separate device. You simply unlock your phone and tap Yes to unlock your account.

Head to your Google Account, select Security, and then under the Signing in to Google header select 2-Step Verification. You will have to sign into your account again using your current password. Then select Try It Now to send a Google Prompt message to your listed device. Once you accept the Google Prompt, you will meet another screen asking if you want to turn on 2-Step Verification. (Some users may meet a screen asking them to confirm their mobile number using an SMS; do this, then continue.) Select Turn On.

Authenticator App


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Some users may prefer to use a different 2FA system. One such option is the Google Authenticator app. The Authenticator app generates a six-digit code for you to log into your account, but you must have your phone with you for the system to work. Before starting the Authenticator app 2FA process, you must download the app to your phone.

Once you download the app, head back to your Google Account (as above), select Security, and the under the Signing in to Google header, select 2-Step Verification. You will have to sign into your account using your newly set up Google Prompt, but from there you will access the 2-Step Verification settings.

Scroll down and select the Authenticator app, then select the type of phone you have (Android or iPhone). A QR code will appear. Open the Authenticator app on your phone, select the + symbol to add a new email address, then select Scan a barcode. Use the app to scan the QR code on your screen and see that it instantaneously adds the account to the app.

Each time you log in to your Google Account, you must provide the six-digit Google Authenticator code. If you don’t have the code, you will not access your account.

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