Have you heard about 2-Step Verification? Are you thinking about using it for your FIT Google Apps for Education? Follow our quick guide to find out if it is right for you.
What is 2-Step Verification?
2-Step Verification is an additional security feature designed to prevent unauthorized access to your Google account.
How does it work?
First, you setup your account for 2-step verification. This will require you to know your FIT password and have a mobile device to connect verification to.
From then on; as the name indicates, you will have to complete 2-steps to access your account. Step 1, log into your FIT Google Apps for Education account as you normally do from a computer (or mobile browser). Step 2, enter the verification code sent to your mobile device via text, voice or the mobile app. Note: the code can only be used once – you will need to repeat this process each time you access your account.
Who is this for?
2-Step Verification is a great way to keep your account secure but it isn’t for everyone.
Is it right for you? Answer the following questions:
- Are you concerned about your account security? Review the security benefits of Google Apps for Education
- Is your phone always near you? (This is how you will need to retrieve the verification code.)
- When you change your password do you always remember to update your Wi-Fi settings – to avoid your account from being locked out? (Learn how to do this Android and iOS)
- Do you say “No” to websites that ask to remember your password?
- Would you be happy if FIT required you to enter two passwords to access your email? (because let’s be honest that is what 2-Step Verification does)
If you said “Yes” to all the questions above then 2-Step Verification might be the security tool for you. Keep in mind there are backup options for verification codes for when your phone is not available. Also, there are settings you can change so you are not asked for a code again on a particular computer but if you are adding computers to not ask you for a verification code – then 2-Step Verification probably isn’t for you.
Are you concerned about security but 2-Step Verification isn’t for you? Have no fear there is an alternative option, read our post on How to Check for Suspicious Activity on Your Account.