Wikipedia defines Two-step verification (also known as Two-factor authentication, abbreviated to TFA) as a process involving two stages to verify the identity of an entity trying to access services in a computer or in a network.
For Gmail, what this means is that even if your password is compromised, no one can have access to your mails unless they also have access to your mobile line. Unless you add your laptop as a trusted device, everytime you log into your email account over the web, you will be required to also input a one-time code before gaining access to your mails.
Nice, isn’t it.
For Nigerians, the bad part. Curiously, Gmail does not support Nigerian mobile lines at all.
Fortunately, there is a way around this. Simply put, all you need do is get a valid US number that you can receive SMS on.
And How do you get this?
Heywire is the maker of a free consumer text messaging app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, with millions of users. It is also available on your PC using your browser. They give you a real US mobile number for free with which you can text or receive SMS from any mobile messaging service. The person you are texting or receiving SMS from DOES NOT need to have a HeyWire account, you can text them directly to their normal phone.
- The app allows you to send free texts messages to mobile phones in 45 countries over WiFi or 3G – Excluding Nigeria of course.
- However, you can receive text messages from any mobile line or bulk messaging services.
- Text FREE from the Web: Go to app.heywire.com, login with your HeyWire number
- 1 HeyWire account across all your devices — iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad & Computer
- Text using Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, or LTE.
With this app, you can configure the 2-Step Verification for your Gmail account using your Heywire US number to receive your code.