With the rise in hacking and theft of sensitive data, it’s crucial to ensure your online accounts are sufficiently protected. Google Authenticator plays a vital role in securing your data. In fact, many cryptocurrency exchanges require the use of this type of authentication to protect your account.
What is Google Authenticator?
Google Authenticator is a software application that provides 2-Step Verification for applications and websites. Adding a second form of identity verification makes it difficult for unauthorized users to access your account. When you try to log into a Google Authenticator-protected account, in addition to your username and password, you’ll be asked to submit a time-sensitive code created by the Google Authenticator app.
Note: Not every app or website supports Google Authenticator, although it is commonly used in the crypto ecosystem.
How Do I Set Up Google Authenticator?
Follow these steps:
- Download Google Authenticator from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and install it.
- Open the app, then click “Get Started,” and you will be prompted to set up your first account.
- Now open the app you want to protect or use your web browser to sign into the account you want to protect. Go to that account’s settings and make sure 2-factor authentication is enabled. Then choose Google Authenticator as the 2nd authentication method.
- Most apps give you the option of using a QR code or a setup key. Choose whichever option you prefer, then select the same method in Google Authenticator.
- Now use your phone to scan the QR code or enter the key provided by your website or application. Google will also ask you to give the account a name, so you will know which site or app it belongs to. Now hit the Add button.
- To add 2-step authentication to other apps or sites, simply click the “plus” icon and repeat the same process as above.
Congratulations! You have now successfully set up Google Authenticator! The next time you use the app or website you are protecting, you will be prompted to provide a code from Google Authenticator. Google generates a new code every minute, so make sure you use it quickly before it expires. If the code does expire before you can use it, simply go back to the authenticator and get the new code.