What You Can Do for Better Google Calendar Protection
There are a few things you can do to make sure you did all you could to protect your account from unwanted intruders. As you are probably well aware of, your Google account is by default protected with a login name and password. The very basic step of Calendar protection is therefore to change your password regularly and use a strong one containing both letters and numbers. However, there is a new thing you can do to add an extra layer to your protection.
This new method is called ‘two factor authentication’ or ‘2-step verification’. Whatever it is called, the same thing is meant, namely the installation of a second layer of verification that goes beyond a simple password but starts to resemble security of for instance Internet banking. Even if the password is correctly entered, the person that is logging in must enter a verification code. This code is obtained through a person’s mobile phone and not by simply entering another memorized password. This method applies to all of the Google services and is therefore an excellent uniform method of further securing Google Calendar. To enable it, simply go through the following steps:
Login to Google Calendar (or any of the other Google service for that matter).
Click your name in the top right corner and select ‘Account Settings’.
In the screen that appears, select ‘Using 2-step verification’ under the ‘Personal Settings’ tab.
Sign in to your Google Account again and follow the on-screen self-explanatory steps to finalize the setup for two-factor authentication in Google Calendar. The wizard will help your set up your phone, add backup options in case your phone is unavailable and confirm these new settings to help you increase your security measures.
This method will indeed create a new shell of protection that goes far beyond the normal password layer of accessing your data. 2-step verification has first been available to the professional ‘Apps’-version of Google Calendar and has very recently found its way to free, ‘common’ users. It is not uncommon that paying customers receive earlier updates and therefore it would be wise to upgrade if you are a professional user of Google Calendar.
Although you are not fully in control of your privacy in the case of web apps, Google Calendar seems to have descent security measures in place. The arrival of 2-step verification has brought it up to the level of most Internet banking applications, which in general can be regarded as safe. Nevertheless, changing your password regularly to safeguard your data and always backing up is what's important!