2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your account. You sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent from your phone).
It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password. Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:
- Using the same password on more than one site
- Downloading software from the Internet
- Clicking on links in email messages.
2-Step Verification can help keep the thieves out, even if they manage to get your password.
If enabled, signing in to your account will be a little different.
First you enter your password. Second, you will be asked for something else - most commonly a code from your phone. Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them. If you choose to use verification codes, they will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Each code can only be used once.
From here, you can choose to save the authenticity of the machine for 30 days in which you will not be prompted to use 2-Step Verification for that period. If you or anyone else tried to sign in to your account from another computer, 2-Step Verification will be required.