Secure your UIndy Google account with 2-Step Verification
Beginning September 8, 2021, all University staff will be required to enroll in 2-Step Verification. All faculty, emeriti faculty, contractors and temporary workers will be required to enroll in 2-Step Verification by September 29, 2021.
In the spirit of Protecting Our Pack, we need your help in following best practices when it comes to safeguarding UIndy’s digital assets. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is one of those best practices. MFA is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to log into an account.
2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication) is an extra security feature in Google Apps. Enabling 2-Step Verification nearly eliminates the risk of unwanted individuals gaining access to your email or documents stored in Google Drive.
See our UIndyIT: Two-step verification video
How it works
- Extra protection is offered by requiring you to both have something (your phone) and know something (your password) before being allowed into your account.
- You'll keep others out of your account since Google will ask for a verification code anytime access to your account is requested from another device that you have not "trusted."
Set up 2-step verification
You will need your mobile phone to complete the process.
Follow Google's instructions for setting up 2-Step Verification.
If you use third-party applications (like Thunderbird or Outlook) to access Google mail, you will need to authorize the application or device the first time you use it after setting up 2-step verification. Follow Google's instructions for signing in using App Passwords.
Choose a second verification step
- To use the Google Authenticator App on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you must have iOS 5.0 or later.
- Be sure to include a backup phone number (or two) during the setup process in case your primary phone is lost or stolen or you replace your phone.
- Print off backup codes during the setup process and store them in a secure place in case your phone is lost or stolen or you replace your phone.
See Google's Account Help for more information about 2-Step Verification.