How To - 2-Step Verification
What is 2-Step Verification?
2-Step Verification helps protect your account from unauthorized access due to a compromised password. Even if your password is cracked, guessed, or otherwise stolen, an attacker can't sign in without a verification code, which only you can obtain via your own mobile phone.
When you enable 2-Step Verification, you add an extra layer of security to your account. You sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone).
You can learn more about Google 2-Step Verification here.
When do I need to enter a verification code? Do I need to enter the code every time I sign in?
You need to re-enter code every 30 days or after deleting your web browser's cookies. On the sign in page click the option to "Remember verification for your computer" on your computer, and you won't have to re-enter your code for 30 days. Do not select this option for a public computer, such as a shared computer in an Internet cafe.
The verification code is used only to sign in to your Google Apps account and not any other of our company's applications.
Will my password change?
No, your password stays the same.
What if I don't have my mobile phone when I need to sign in or I have trouble with the codes?
During the setup process, you will receive codes that you can write down and use when you don't have your phone. You can learn more about using backup codes here. Otherwise, you can contact IT Support, who can temporarily disable 2-Step Verification for your account.
What are authentication apps?
If you set up 2-Step Verification, you can use authentication apps, like the Google Authenticator app, to receive codes even if you don’t have an Internet connection or mobile service.
You can learn about how to set up and use the Google Authenticator app here.