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setting up Two-factor authentication
Posted by Pamela Kistler-Osborne on 23 September 2021 03:01 PM

Protect your account with 2-Step Verification

With 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication), you add an extra layer of security to your account in case your password is stolen. After you set up 2-Step Verification, you’ll sign in to your account in two steps using:

  • Something you know, like your password
  • Something you have, like your phone

Turn on 2-Step Verification

  1. Open your Google Account.
  2. In the navigation panel, select Security.
  3. Under “Signing in to Google,” select 2-Step Verification and then Get started.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps.

Your account, username@gmail.com, is associated with your work or school. If you can’t set up 2-Step Verification, contact your administrator.

Verify it’s you with a second step

After you turn on 2-Step Verification, you’ll need to complete a second step to verify it’s you when you sign in. To help protect your account, Google will request that you complete a specific second step.

Use Google prompts

We recommend you sign in with Google prompts. It's easier to tap a prompt than enter a verification code. Prompts can also help protect against SIM swap and other phone number-based hacks.

Google prompts are push notifications you’ll receive on:

  • Android phones that are signed in to your Google Account 
  • iPhones with the Smart Lock app , the Gmail app , or Google app  signed in to your Google Account

Based on the device and location info in the notification, you can: 

  • Allow the sign in if you requested it by tapping Yes
  • Block the sign-in if you didn’t request it by tapping No

For added security, Google may ask you for your PIN or other confirmation.

 

PKO 9/23/21

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