As we all know, Google has very strict security and privacy policies. Violating some may lead the user to an account login challenge. Google binds an account with various security layers of its own. Some of the security features include
- 8 characters strong password
- 2 step verification
- Automatic device recognition
Along with measures such as 2-Step Verification Google is continually improving security features to protect individuals and companies from attacks. Account hijacking is the practice of obtaining a valid user-id and password pair in to enable a bad-guy to access your account.
Now there arise some situations when you as a user, may turn off the 2 step verification and even after that you are unable to login. The account demands an OTP or a verified mobile number to successfully log in. The error you get will be like the following:
In general, Google recognizes the device for an account which has 2SV enabled for it and prevents the user to log in to it from other un-recognized devices. This feature was found to be persisting even after the 2SV turned off from the Admin Console.
Now let's come to the resolution of it. Only G-Suite Admin has the right to handle these login challenges. Find the steps below :
- Log in to the Admin Console at https://admin.google.com
- Go to the particular user whose ID has been blocked from Logging in
- Click on Security
- Scroll down and go to Login Challenges
- Click on the edit option on the right side
- Click on Turn Off For 10 minutes
- Click on Done
After this operation has been completed, you can log in to your account successfully, enter into the security section and change the previous phone number. In case this operation is not done with the 10 minutes of disabling Logging Challenge, the ID will be blocked again.
We think login challenges are a great idea and should be appreciated as an effective method to combat the bad guys.