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What is 2-Step Verification in Google Apps?

2-Step Verification is a simple way to secure information in your UIndy Google Apps for Education account: 

  • After entering your password, you'll be prompted to enter a code that you'll receive via text (SMS), voice call or the Google Authenticator App.
  • When you sign-in, you can choose to "trust" the device you are working on by telling Google not to ask for a code on that particular computer or device. 
  • 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 

Helpful Hints:

  • Set up 2-Step Verification from your computer; you will need your mobile phone to complete the process.
  • To use 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.
  • When signing in to a computer or device for the first time, check the box "don't ask for codes again" if you want to designate the device as "trusted."  You should not be prompted for a new verification code on this device unless you clear your browser's history or cookies. 
  • When you sign up for 2-Step Verification, Google sends you verification codes. However, these codes do not work with some apps and devices, like Thunderbird and Outlook. Instead, you?ll need to authorize the app or device the first time you use it to sign in to your Google Account by generating and entering an App Password.  Get started now.


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