After the news of Mat Honan's horrible experience of getting hacked, many of you are probably (and if not, should be!) taking extra precautions with your accounts, passwords, and general outlook on digital security. One of the big mistakes that Mat said he made was to not setting up Gmail's 2-step verification. Admittedly, this is a somewhat annoying security measure, but it's totally worth it.
iMore is here to help you every step of the way with setting it up!
Gmail's 2-step verification is an optional level of security that not only requires your password, but also a passcode that gets sent to your phone via text or voice. Any computers you mark as "secure" will only require you to enter the code once every 30 days, but all other computers will require you to enter it every time.
Some apps and services do not yet support Gmail's 2-step verification. Three of those apps includes Apple's built-in Mail for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The good news is that Gmail has provided an alternate method to increase your security -- requiring a separate, auto-generated password for each of those apps.
Like I said, initially setting up 2-step verification is a bit of a hassle, but the extra security it provides is priceless.
Now that Gmail 2-step authentication is up and running, you will probably immediately notice that all of your Mail clients, including your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, start giving you incorrect password errors. This is a good sign because it means your activation was a success! To access your Gmail from your iOS and Mac Mail clients, you must create separate passwords for each one.
There you have it! Now you're all set to use Gmail's 2-step verification security feature and still have access to your email from the Mail clients on your favorite devices.