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How to use Gmail 2-step verification on your webOS device 13

by Derek Kessler Wed, 08 Aug 2012 7:17 pm EDT

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This week brought the aboslutely mind blowing story of how Wired's Mat Honan got hacked in practically every possible way. It's a good read, and a frightening look at just how fragile our digital ecosystem's security can me. If you haven't read it yet, click the link and read it all, we'll wait. Read it? Eye opening, eh? It really makes you wonder about the security of your own data. Some of us are good about password management, going to great measures to ensure our data remains secure. Others aren't so much, I'll admit I've used the same password and email combination multiple times (even if that wasn't the fault here). If you're a Gmail user like Honan, there's one relatively simple way to be doubly secure in your web use: Gmail 2-step verification.

2-step verification adds a layer of security that requires a code be entered when logging into Gmail from a computer other than your own. That code is randomly generated by Google and sent to your phone by a text message, voice call, or even a dedicated GAuth app. Take that code, enter where Google prompts, and you're granted secure access. Why enable 2-step authentication? Because it requires somebody trying to access your account also have your device with them to receive that code. And just to be even more secure on that count, you can lock your webOS smartphone with a PIN. Bring it, Gmail hacker theives!

Interested in how to set up Gmail 2-step verification on your webOS smartphone? You should be, especially if you value the contents of your inbox (and potentially every other part of your digital life). Keep reading for instructions.

How to use Gmail 2-step verification on your webOS device

Setting up 2-step verification on your Gmail account

  • First things first - you obviously need to have a Gmail account to use this feature.
  • Sign in to your Gmail account from a PC and go to the 2-step verification page.
  • Choose your country in the drop down menu, then enter your phone number.
  • Choose SMS or voice call
  • Enter your phone number and select Send verification code.

You'll receive either a voice call or text message (depending on what you chose) with your code. Enter in the box and select Verify.

Next you can choose to remember the computer you're using. If you check the box then you won't be asked for the code for 30 days when using that computer.

Click Turn on 2-step verification to finish the process. That's it! Now when you login to your Gmail account from another device, you'll get a text or call with a code to verify your account. Pretty cool right?

Changing your Gmail password on your webOS devices

Now that you're set up, you'll have to update the password on your webOS device. Google provides a special one-time password for this purpose.

  • Login to Gmail on your computer and you will see a new screen explaining 2-step verification. On the bottom of the page, click the Manage Application Specific Passwords link.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll see a password generator. This generator lets you create passwords for applications that don't use 2-step verification like your webOS device.
  • Enter a name for the device in the box (Derek's TouchPad) and select Generate Password.

You'll get a popup with a 16 character password. Got to the Accounts app on your device, select your Google account, and enter this new password in place of your old one. If you have multiple devices you'll need to generate a unique password for each one.

Once you do that, you are up and running. You won't have to do anything further from your webOS device and you email should come in as normal. You'll have to do this for any other apps that need your Gmail login.

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"if you're using an Android, BlackBerry, or iPhone device via a dedicated Authenticator App."

You forgot webOS in that list.

I did!

While google says you need to generate a unique password for each one, you don't really have to. While I do (better auditing, easier to know which aren't used anymore -- compliments the online page that shows the last use for each one), the password can be used for multiple services -- IMAP, Messenger, Calendar, Picasa, and is not locked to that service. This is both good and bad (good, lets you have 1 password on your device. bad, if they steal my google music-on-desktop key, they can also read my email).

Having a backup method is highly highly recommended (I have printouts of the backup keys stored in separate safe places) ... if you lose / wipe your phone, you're screwed!

Maybe it's just me but I have a HUGE reluctance about giving Google my cell number.

It seems like it's just one more thing they can tie to you and invade your privacy.

Guess I'm just paranoid, but I don't like it.

I know what you mean, I used my GV number.

Derek, I read this article, coincidentally, within minutes of receiving an email from Google Accounts saying that they had prevented a suspicious attempt to log into my Gmail account from a nearby city. This information could not have come at a better time! I was not even aware that Gmail offered two-step verification. Thanks to your timely information, I was able to implement the extra security measure and still access my Google account on my webOS devices. Much appreciated!

Strange. I got the same message too yesterday. Coincidence?

As always, a useful and informative article. Thanks Derek.

nice article as I've been dappling with gmail and voice since I bought the SynerGV app

I use hotmail as my primary pop but might look into running gmail more

I'm still trying to get the hang of the 2 step verification. Kind of a pain but I guess that is cyberlife these days.

Before trying two-factor gmail authentication on my Sprint Pre minus running 1.4.5 with no patches (I know, I'm a glutton for punishment) - is there a fix for the frequent "please re-enter your gmail password" behavior that I'm getting? Or is that part of the joys of 1.4.5?

Definitely worth checking out this post!! Instruction provided above to setup Gmail account in webOS is very informative and helped to setup my account perfectly. That's why I came back again to say THANKS for good sharing.