Turning on Multi-Factor-Authentication (MFA) in Google

Texas Woman’s University is strengthening its security posture by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) (also referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification) for specific systems across the University. MFA adds an extra layer of protection when accessing accounts and requires users to enter more information than just a password. For example, along with the password, users might be asked to enter a code sent via voice or text message or tap a verification prompt via a secure app on their phone.

A phased approach is being used so that groups can easily manage their enrollment into the MFA program. We use a variety of applications for multifactor authentication. One of the most common is Google 2-step.

Enable Google 2-step

TWU recommends setting up Google 2-step verification using one of the following options:

  • Google Prompt
  • Text (SMS) message
  • Phone call

To enable 2-step verification for your Google account, please follow the steps detailed in this “Turn on 2-Step Verification” help article.

Enrolling in Google 2-step verification turns on 2-step verification for your entire TWU Google account. When you log into Google using your TWU Portal credentials, you will be asked for your second factor. This includes checking GMail or accessing other applications in Google Workspace.

For additional support, contact the Technology Service Desk at 940-898-3971, servicedesk@twu.edu, techchat.twu.edu, or submit a request through the Technology Service Catalog.

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Thu 8/3/23 4:34 PM
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