Using Google Apps has got more secure with the introduction of 2-factor authentication, which allows enterprise users to protect their user accounts with a one-time code delivered through a mobile phone, in addition to the usual password.

The option will provide additional protection against phishing and malware attacks, as the one-time codes are valid for a limited period.

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How Two-Factor authentication works?

Over the next few months, users of Google Apps Premier, Education, and Government will be able to utilize a smartphone-generated verification code as a second layer of account security. Here is how it works –

The customer provides their user name and password. Within a few minutes, a code is sent to the person’s mobile device. The code is sent via SMS or a voice call or generated on an application they can install on their Google Android, RIM BlackBerry or Apple iPhone handset.

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The user would then type in the number through Google Apps. Simple but effective!

Users may can also signal that they don’t want to be asked for a verification code from specific computers in the future. Google Apps Standard edition (free edition) users would however have to wait a bit longer to enjoy this additional security feature.

[via]Google blog

 
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