So you have multiple Google accounts that you work with on a regular basis? Maybe a Gmail account for work and one for private messaging? Or a work and home Google+ or YouTube account? Or maybe your whole family is using one PC and sharing a single account on that PC?
If that is the case you may appreciate the option to add multiple accounts to Google’s sign in page. When enabled, it lets you stay signed in to all accounts and displays a selection screen on the sign in page that basically lets you select the account that you want to log in with.
We have seen many attacks on user account information in the past years. These kind of attacks have increased as the Internet moved forward to become everyone’s favorite pasttime, and even more than that. Attackers are still making use of phishing attacks, mostly by sending out mass mails, to steal login, financial and identity related information. A second group has moved on though and started to hack the servers and websites directly to download their databases.
With part of the user base selecting weak passwords, it is easy to parse through the database to get a list of working passwords in record time.
Good security begins with a strong password. Opinions differ a lot when it comes to the definition of strong. Most agree that users should not pick dictionary words (like apple), first or last names, teams, brands or other words that may make their way on a word list. If you are asking me, I’d say your password should at least have 12 characters, and if possible at least one upper char, one lower char, one number and one special char. Tgo5ggg3dc_rr4 would be a strong password.
Strong passwords are just the beginning though. Some websites for instance may save your password in plain text. It is a security taboo, as it provides attackers who download the site’s database with all the information they need to wreak maximum havoc on the site and its users.
That’s one of the reasons why 2-factor authentication is so important. This basically adds another log in layer to the login process. Facebook and Google make use of 2-factor authentication.
With 2-factor authentication enabled, you will receive a code on your mobile phone or device that you need to enter to complete the login process. An attacker who managed to steal your username and password, for instance with a keylogger, would not be able to log in to the site if the additional authentication step had been enabled previously.
Google users can enable 2-step verification in their Google account. This link opens the Account Settings page on the Google website
You need to click on the edit link next to 2-step verification to configure the security layer. Please note that you need to enter a mobile phone number during setup. This is the number that Google will send the codes to whenever they are needed.
I suggest you open the official announcement post over at the official Google blog site to read up on the instructions.
Facebook’s 2-factor authentication system works slightly different than Google’s. It only asks for a code if a user tries to log in from a new device. It is still important to activate it to improve the account security.
The main aspect that makes Google sign ins more difficulty to troubleshoot is that the account can be used on many different websites: From Google Mail to Google Adsense and Analytics to Google Search, all can be accessed with the same Google Account. This alone makes the Google sign in more difficulty to troubleshoot as users may have difficulties signing in on different domains. I recommend the Gmail Login guide for users who are having troubles signing into Google’s popular email service.
Google Sign In Help
First, we need to find out where the problem is located. The following options are available:
The Google homepage is not loading, or loading only partially
The Google sign in is not working
.. because the username is not accepted or cannot be remembered
.. because the password is incorrect or cannot be remembered