104 - Google and The 2-Step Verification Process

We’re working on a better process for securely accessing our Gmail or Google account. We’ve got 2-step verification with our phone. That works great, but now we have a new problem. What happens when we lose our phone? How do we access our Gmail?


  1. Two-factor authentication (2FA) versus two-step verification (2SV)

  2. Google Security Settings - You need to be signed into Google to access this page

Setting Up 2-Step Verification

  1. Go to the Google Security Settings

  2. Turn on “2-step verification”

  3. Enter your password

  4. Chose & configure your 2nd step verification option

Verification Options

  1. Get codes via text message

  2. Get codes by phone call

  3. Use the Google Authenticator App - You can use this even if you are offline

  4. Use a security key - Yubikey

  5. Add a backup phone number

  6. Create backup codes

  7. Register a trusted device

Damien Hull