Every traveler should sign up for Google Voice, especially if they use in-flight internet.
Have you ever been mid-flight and decided to check Twitter? When you try to login, it alerts you that it doesn’t recognize where you are logging in from. Then it texts you a verification code.
This security precaution has kept me from checking Twitter in the air (and for those who follow my Twitter feed, you know I compulsively tweet).
This could also prevent you from using a useful Kindle hack that helps in emergency situations.
One way to get around this problem is to turn off all security options on your social media accounts–which I do not recommend, especially if you are traveling.
Another way to get around this is to sign up for a Google Voice account and associate that with your social media accounts.
When the app texts you, you’ll get an email instead.
You can just copy and paste this password / confirmation code into your browser, which is another bonus.
Now, it goes without saying, but do not sign up for Google Voice and then use that as your confirmation texting code for Gmail. You’ll get yourself locked out if you ever forget your password since your password will be the key to your verification text.
But for your other social media platforms (and anything else you’d need to use text-verification for), Google Voice can allow you to easily verify things in the air.