Computer Security

Why Google Needs Your Mobile Phone Number

There is a step that you can take which will help if your Gmail /Google account is compromised and that is to give Google your mobile phone number so that a password reset code can be sent to your mobile phone if your account is compromised.

How do you do this?

Log onto your Google account , this can be done through your Gmail account 

Go to the Accounts and Imports tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a Change Account settings section.

Click on Google Account Settings and you will go to your Google Account Page

Log Onto Google account

After logging on , go to change password recovery options

Google account password recovery

You will then be on the "Recovering Your Password "page

This enables you to enter a mobile phone number which can be used so that you can receive a password reset code on your mobile phone

Google Recover Your Password

This makes it much harder for someone to take over your Google / Gmail account

There is a step that you can take which will help if your Gmail /Google account is compromised and that is to give Google your mobile phone number so that a password reset code can be sent to your mobile phone if your account is compromised.

How do you do this?

Log onto your Google account , this can be done through your Gmail account 

Go to the Accounts and Imports tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a Change Account settings section.

Click on Google Account Settings and you will go to your Google Account Page

After logging on , go to change password recovery options

You will then be on the “Recovering Your Password “page

This enables you to enter a mobile phone number which can be used so that you can receive a password reset code on your mobile phone

This makes it much harder for someone to take over your Google / Gmail account

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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