Disadvantages of Enabling Phone Verification for Gmail Login
Gmail 2 Factor Authentification, a security system that protects your Gmail account from being hijacked by requesting phone verification has its advantages, which many of you are aware of. The main advantage of phone verification is that even if somebody steals your password, they won’t be able to log in and access your account. The second layer of protection offered by 2 Factor authentification will ask the hacker to verify their identity using a mobile number that belongs to the owner. Since all mobile phone numbers are unique, and the hacker doesn’t have access to your phone, they will be blocked.
However, enabling phone verification is only good when you are not a cross-border traveller. If you don’t travel much outside of your country, you will be able to use 2 Factor authentification to log into your Gmail account.
The problem with using Two-Factor authentification outside of your country is that you will be blocked from signing into your account, even if you are the owner of that account. Gmail will automatically detect a suspicious login if you are visiting a foreign country, blocking your password and requesting phone verification. This is frustrating, especially if you don’t have a second number enabled for that location. So what is the solution to this problem?
Disable Phone Verification When You Are Travelling
To prevent being locked out of your Gmail account when you are crossing borders, you have to disable phone verification while you are in the verified country of origin. To turn off 2 Step verification, log into your account and follow these steps:
1. In your Gmail account, click the “Google Apps” icon. This multi-square icon is located on the top right, next to your Google Profile icon.
2. Click “My Account” in the drop down menu.
3. On the resulting page, click “Sign-in & Security”.
4. On the “Sign-in & Security” page, scroll down until you see “2-Step Verification”. If it’s ON, turn it OFF.
5. Before you turn it off, you will be required to log into your account again. Log in with your usual password and follow instructions.
A Gmail Profile photo is an image or picture that you upload on your Google account. If you are familiar with a Facebook Profile photo, then you should know how a Gmail profile picture looks like. You can upload a snapshot of your face or any picture that acts like an avatar.
However, when it comes to deleting your Gmail account picture, you may face stubborn issues. In most cases, when you try to delete the profile photo through normal settings in your Gmail account, the photo does not go away.
In order to delete the photo via Gmail settings, log into your account and click the wheel icon under your profile picture. Go to Settings in the drop-down menu. On the settings menu under General, scroll down to My Picture. Click Change Picture. After clicking this option, a box will pop up. On the box, select No Picture, and click Apply Changes. This method is supposed to remove your photo and show a default setting with no picture, but when you go back to your account to check your profile, the photo may still be there. If this is the case, you should go to the location where your profile photo is actually hosted to delete it from the servers.
Pictures that you upload on your Google profile as well as those on your Blogger account are hosted on Picasa. Picasa is an image hosting company that was acquired by Google a long time ago when Google was still an upcoming company. It is a service where people can upload their pictures for free, for example you can upload your travel photos and share them with friends.
How to Delete Your Gmail Profile Photo via Picasa
To delete your profile picture via Picasa, first log into your Gmail account. Just make sure that you are logged into your account, then go to this link >>https://picasaweb.google.com/home
This is your Picasa account. You will see all pictures that you have uploaded on your Gmail account as well as those on Blogger. Picasa automatically categorizes your pictures into separate folders for your Gmail profile, Blogger account and Google Plus etc.You should see your picture under Profile Photos. Click through the folder and go to your picture. To delete the picture, click the Actions tab and select the Delete option in the drop-down menu. That’s all, your picture is gone!
NOTE: You might not see changes immediately, just wait for changes to occur. Your picture will be completely deleted within a few minutes.
Secure Gmail Login Using Liveness Detection
The 1U app is a biometric application by Hoyos Labs that allows you to log into your online accounts using your eyes, face and body movements. As we move into the future, companies like Hoyos Labs are working hard to improve online security with state-of the-art technology, the goal is to eliminate the use of login passwords and PINS, which can be easily sniffed by malware on a compromised computer. Every time you type in your password on a browser or application, you are taking a risk from malicious password interceptors that may be hiding on your computer, waiting for the right time to strike.
Instead of storing your passwords on a server or browser, which is very risky, the 1U app encrypts your password and stores it on your mobile phone. Your biometric profile which is used to recognize your eyes, face and body movements is also encrypted and stored on your phone. Storing the encrypted data on your phone is much safer than querying the information from a server.Hoyos Labs uses a very strong encryption, the 571bit Elliptic Curve Cipher, which is better than advanced systems used by the military.
To begin using the app, you must first enroll your biometrics. This involves capturing your face and eyes using face recognition software that comes with the app. It’s as easy as taking a selfie, use your mobile phone camera to capture your facial features. The important component of the app is a feature called Liveness detection. Isn’t there a possibility of someone hacking your phone using your videos or selfies? It seems Hoyos Labs is aware of this possibility, that’s why they have incorporated Liveness Detection to prevent the selfie hack.
Liveness detection is based on unique detailed differences observed between live biometrics and video/image-based biometrics. This allows the system to identify spoof biometrics which may be used by someone trying to hack into your account. In other words the system can differentiate between a live human (you) and a photo/video of you. An attacker who has access to your face photos/videos might match your biometric profile positively but a liveness detection will fail, denying the attacker entry to your account.
After enrolling your biometrics, you can add your online accounts [Gmail, Facebook, Amazon etc], you can even log into your bank account online. The app can support over 15,000 websites. Sync your mobile phone with your desktop, to allow you to log into websites on your desktop browser.
Mobile Phone Requirements:
– Must have 3G or higher
– Must have front camera
– Android phone or iphone
– Rooted android phones and jail-broken iphones will not work with the app
– Mac OSX 10.7+
– Compatible browsers: Firefox,IE9+,Google Chrome, SafariTo begin using the 1U App biometric login app, download the app, install it on your mobile phone and follow the instructions:
1U App for Android and iphone
If you are using a mobile phone, you should have Opera Mini installed on your phone, and make sure you change the image quality to “Low” under the settings. This will allow you to save data. If you choose a high image quality, you will waste a lot of data, the difference is noticeable.
You have probably heard about the infamous Cryptolocker ransomware virus that first made headlines in 2013. Before the malware ring was cracked down by the FBI, it had affected over 500,000 people and netted over 3 million USD for its operators in ransom money. The Cryptolocker ransomware was distributed through the Zeus Trojan horse, a stealthy phishing malware affecting millions of computers around the world, especially the USA and other developed English-speaking countries.