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 Account.
- Select Security. If the browser's window is small enough, this menu may be horizontally oriented across the top of the page.
- 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.
- Select the phone to use for authentication. This may require you to install Google Authenticator on your phone.
- You will see an indication that a prompt has been sent to your phone. At this point, you should receive a confirmation request on your phone. Select YES.
- Back in the browser, select a USE ANOTHER BACKUP OPTION.
- Record the backup codes shown in some way. After that is done, select 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.