Set up Two-Factor Authentication for Google account
Please use the following instructions to set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for your NCSSM Google account:
- Log into your NCSSM Google account via http://mail.ncssm.edu or directly from http://www.google.com.
- Click on the menu button at the top-right and click on My Account.
- Select Sign-in & security.
- Scroll down, and under "Password & sign-in method", select 2-Step Verification.
- Click Get Started.
- You may then be prompted to sign in once again.
- When prompted with "Let's set up your phone", enter the mobile or desk phone that you would like to use for your second method of authentication and then select either Text message or Phone call for the method of getting your secondary codes. Please note that if you are using a desk phone, you will have to select the Phone call option. Click Try It.
- You should receive a text message or phone call providing a code. Under "Enter the code", enter the numerical code provided by Google to your phone of choice. Click Next.
- Click Turn On.
- You have enabled Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in Google.
Highly-recommended next step
The Google Authenticator app is a mobile app that you can install on Android or iPhone/iOS which will allow you to get a secure 2FA code without using either a SMS text message or call. This is not only more secure than texts or calls, but also quite a bit more convenient.
Please download the app and set up using these instructions from Google.
Optional instructions for other methods of 2FA
There are a number of other options available from the next screen for Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) in Google: (NOTE: ITS highly recommends, Backup codes and Backup phone for all 2FA users.)
- Backup codes: this is a list of secondary codes that you can print if you will be away from a phone for a length of time.
- Google prompt: this is a prompt that pops up on your phone, either natively in Android or in the Google app on an iPhone or other iOS device.
- Backup phone: add a second phone just in case you lose your primary phone.
- Security key: a small USB-based device you can purchase that will let you do secondary authentication with just a tap.