When you are using a public computer e.g. at the library, hotel, airport or internet café, typing in your password and username is not a safe way to log into your Gmail account. You risk having your Gmail login password intercepted by key loggers and session cookie hijackers.
It’s not only internet security experts that are aware of the vulnerability of passwords, but the makers of Gmail are also aware of this. That is why Google has been experimenting with more secure methods of logging into an account such as QR login and 2 step verification. Two-step authentication has been implemented for Gmail users, but the QR login experiment was discontinued.
Although Google has abandoned QR login for Gmail, you can still use third party applications that allow you to log into your account using QR codes. These applications require you to set up your email account credentials once, and after that you will never need to type in your password or username again.
Just like Two-Step Verification, a Gmail QR login provides a second layer of protection. If your password is stolen or cracked, the attacker will not be able to log into your Gmail account. A smartphone or mobile device that can scan QR codes on a web browser is required to log into your account. Your smartphone or cellphone is the only way to log into your account, and thus, this method is safe to use on non-secure computers.
How to Make Quick Gmail Login with QR code login Technology
Basically, to make use of QR login, you will need a secure QR login application, a modern cellphone or smartphone with scanning capabilities, and a computer with web browser. The application will generate a QR code that will be displayed on the browser and you should scan this code with your smartphone to sign in. A pin code that is sent to your mobile phone is generated and you should enter the pin to log into your account. So if a thief steals your password, he won’t be able to sign in unless he gets hold of your smartphone.
The following are some QR login applications that can be used to log into your email accounts:
This is a free QR login application that allows you to securely log into your Gmail account in 3 easy steps.Digipass also provides 2 Step Verification and Password Manager solutions.
TIQR is another free QR login web app that allows you to safely log into your Google account in a few steps.
RSA SecurID is a Two-Factor authentification app that also provides QR login solutions.
Note: If your smartphone or mobile device does not have scanning capabilities, you can install a QR code reader app from MobileBarcodes