Many of us often use Public Computers/Friend’s PC’s/Libraries to access our Google accounts like Gmail,Google+ etc. But you cannot predict the security of that system unless you are a regular user or own that system. There may be unexpected surprises in the form of Keyloggers or Trojans which can log the keystrokes you did on the PC. These may include your Sensitive Passwords that you use to safeguard your Online Identity.
Remember: No matter how strong your Password may be (even if it is a 64Char long one) if your password gets recorded by a Keylogger, It is no longer secure so if you suspect your Password is logged, Immediately login to your Account from a Mobile Phone (Mobile phone because they are less insecure than PC’s) and change the password.
Pre- Requisites :
- A Phone capable of reading QR Codes, Preferably an Android or iOS device – QR Code Reader Download [Android,iOS Devices,Java]
- Data connection on the device you are using to scan QR Code.
Steps to Login to Google Account without Typing in your Username/Password.
Step 1. Open the following Link in the Public PC or any Computer. [LINK] (Keep the Tab opened)
Step 2. Open the QR Code Reader and Scan the QR Code generated at the Google Sesame page you opened in the first step.
Step 3. Visit the decoded URL from the QR Code in the phone’s (device’s) browser.
Step 4. You will be asked to enter your Google Account Username and Password on the phone. Enter it correctly and hit Sign In, Once logged in on the smartphone, you get a warning and two buttons: Start with Gmail & Start with iGoogle, Click on the Start with Gmail button.
Step 5. You will see that the Google Sesame page/tab on the PC reloads and Logs you into your Gmail Account automatically without you having to type anything on the Local PC.
Step 6. Remember to Log-Out of the Google Account on the Local PC after your use.
Note: You may argue that if you have the Data Connection on the phone, Why all this hassle and straight away check it on the Mobile itself. You are correct in saying so but if you want to get full PC browsing experience or if your Data Plan is too costly to surf or download attachments, You may use this trick. Also you might be still victim of other Malicious Attacks like Man In The Middle (MITM) etc.
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