Make Your Email Client, Phone and Tablet Apps Work with Google 2-Factor Authentication

If you’ve set up Google two-factor authentication (also known as 2-step verification – the second step is an SMS text message) and can’t figure out how to get your email program, iPhone mail application (or any other iPhone or Android phone application) or your iPad or other tablet apps to work with Google services such as Gmail or Google Voice, here is a simple, step-by-step tutorial for how to set up an email client or any other app or application to work with your two-factor verification protected Google account.

Why to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere You Can – Here’s Where

Here is why you must set up two-factor authentication (also called 2-step verification) wherever you can. Many places now offer it, including Facebook (called “Facebook login approvals”), Paypal (“Paypal Security Key”), Twitter, and, of course, Gmail (Google). You may recently have read the story of how Naoki Hiroshima lost their Twitter account, valued at $50,000, to a hacker. Basically the hacker managed to get into and redirect Hiroshima’s email domain, allowing the hacker to do password resets on some of Hiroshima’s accounts, and intercept the password reset emails.

How to Set Up Google 2-Step Verification, and Why You Should

Your eyes may glaze over when anybody mentions Google two-step SMS verification (also known in some circles as Google 2-Factor Authentication), but in reality, if you have any sort of Google account (Gmail, etc.), and a cell phone to get a text message, it’s easy as pie to set up. It is certainly far easier to set up than it is to deal with the aftermath of someone hacking into your Google account.

How to Find the Google 2-Step Verification QR Barcode to Set Up the App on Your Phone

If you are asking yourself “Where is the QR code to scan to set up the Google 2-Step Verification authenticator app”, you may be fairly frustrated at this point trying to find that lousy barcode. Don’t blame yourself, it is completely inobvious. Here’s how to find the QR code to set up the Google 2-factor authentication authenticator app.