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Advanced sign-in security for your AdWords account

Google Employee
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Google Employee

Hi Folks,

I am an AdWords account security specialist always on the lookout for the newest features to ensure your AdWords account is secure and safe.

Today let's take a closer look at our 2-step verification feature.
You might wonder, why should I be interested in something like this? Well, the answer is pretty simple:

When you leave your house you feel a bit safer knowing the door’s locked. But imagine how much safer you’d feel if the door was guarded too? The same goes for the information in your AdWords Account. By switching on 2-step verification you’ll have not one, but two security measures to help prevent someone from breaking in.
Once you’ve created a password for your AdWords Account, you can add an extra layer of security by enabling 2-step verification. 2-step verification requires you to have access to your phone, as well as your username and password, when you sign in. This means that if someone steals or guesses your password, the potential hijacker still can’t sign in to your account because they don’t have your phone. Now you can protect yourself with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone).

For me, this is a great security feature and well worth the 5 mins it takes to set it up.

To learn more about 2-step verification and get started, visit our Help Center.
And for more about staying safe online, see our ongoing security blog series or visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/.

I am happy to answer any AdWords Account Security related questions. Please feel free to sign up and post any questions which you might have about AdWords Account Security.

However, do remember folks that this is an open forum and therefore I wouldn’t be able to answer any account specific questions, as I don’t have an access to your account. You are always free to ‘Contact Us’ through our various support channels.



Regards,
Angelika
Google AdWords Account Security Team

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@Pete;

Your mobile phone number is not public, but available to Google. Every time your IP is changed (you are signing-in from a different IP, other than your regular one), Google verifies that you are the account owner, by texting you a pin number to sign-in with, in addition to your password. That's another tool, commonly used by others (e.g Facebook) to verify that the real owner of the account (vs. a hacker) is signing-in using a different IP.

 

-Moshe

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Thanks for the details, Angelika!


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Is that new ? because as far as I know, 2 step verification is not supported by AdWords?

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Hi MosheTLV,

 

This feature was launched last year for the overall Google Account protecting not only your AdWords but also all other Google accounts. There have been some technical issues for AdWords accounts when using APIs (most are resolved by now) and therefore these accounts could not use 2factor authentication, but overall it should work for any AdWords account.

 

 

Angelika

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Hi Folks,

 

I'm really not understanding how this 2-step verification works. What, I'll need to call somewhere with my phone when I want to log into AdWords?

 

Is that why Google keeps asking for my mobile phone number? I like you guys and all that, but I don't think I really want to add my phone number to my Google account. Does the 2-step verification process make my phone number available through my profile? I wouldn't want that.

 

Thanks,

 

Pete

 

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@Pete;

Your mobile phone number is not public, but available to Google. Every time your IP is changed (you are signing-in from a different IP, other than your regular one), Google verifies that you are the account owner, by texting you a pin number to sign-in with, in addition to your password. That's another tool, commonly used by others (e.g Facebook) to verify that the real owner of the account (vs. a hacker) is signing-in using a different IP.

 

-Moshe

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Thanks MosheTLV for answering Pete's question on 2SV and phone numbers!

 

Pete, I also think that when Google asks you for your phone number (eg when logging into Gmail) is in relation to the password recovery process. In case you have forgotten your password, an easy way to recover it is through receiving a text message / phone call with a verification code. Once this code is entered on the password recovery page you can reset the password. I always found this a great and secure recovery process. 

As MosheTLV already said your phone number will not be made publicly available.

 

Angelika

 

 

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Thanks to both Moshe and Angelika. I'll still have to think about this for a while.

 

Pete

 

petebardo -- Deadhead doing AdWords

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Thanks Pete =-).

 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

 

 

Happy Friday! 

Angelika

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@Pete;

This works perfect as long as you are within the country, (not roaming)

 

@Angelika:

If we brought this up:

  1. Do you know of problems with 2SV when flying from your home country oversees (i.e using roaming services)
  2. Do you know about incompatibility issues when using LastPass? (the commonly used password manager application)

 

-Moshe

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