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Why Google Needs Your Mobile Phone Number

There is a step that you can take which will help if your Gmail /Google account is compromised and that is to give Google your mobile phone number so that a password reset code can be sent to your mobile phone if your account is compromised.

How do you do this?

Log onto your Google account , this can be done through your Gmail account 

Go to the Accounts and Imports tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is a Change Account settings section.

Click on Google Account Settings and you will go to your Google Account Page

After logging on , go to change password recovery options

You will then be on the "Recovering Your Password "page

This enables you to enter a mobile phone number which can be used so that you can receive a password reset code on your mobile phone

This makes it much harder for someone to take over your Google / Gmail account