2 Step Verification - DCU Students & Alumni

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Protect your account with 2-Step Verification


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With 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication), you add an extra layer of security to your account in case your password is stolen. After you set up 2-Step Verification, you’ll sign in to your account in two steps using:

  1. Something you know, like your password
  2. Something you have, like your phone

Turn on 2-Step Verification

  1. Open your Google Account.
  2. In the navigation panel, select Security.
  3. Under “Signing in to Google,” select 2-Step Verification and then Get started.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps.

Methods of Verification

Verification with Google Prompts

Google recommend you sign in with Google prompts. They’re easier to enter than a verification code and can help protect against SIM swap and other phone number-based hacks.

Google prompts are push notifications you’ll receive on:

    • Android phones that are signed in to your Google Account
    • iPhones with the Smart Lock app, the Gmail app, or Google app signed in to your Google Account

Google 2SV Prompt

Based on the device and location info in the notification, you can:

    • Allow the sign in if you requested it by tapping Yes
    • Block the sign-in if you didn’t request it by tapping No

Verification with Google Authenticator

After you turn on 2-Step Verification, you have the option to install the Google Authenticator app.

The Google Authenticator app is available to download from the App or Play stores, please click on the appropriate button below.

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Android device requirements:Google 2 Step

To use Google Authenticator on your Android device, you need:

  1. Android version 4.4 and up
  2. To turn on 2-Step Verification, see instructions above.
Apple device requirements:

To use Google Authenticator on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you need:

  1. The latest operating system for your device
  2. To turn on 2-Step Verification
  3. Optional for QR code: iPhone 3G and up

Other methods of verification
    • Security Keys: A security key is a small device that you can buy to help prove it’s you signing in. You, you can simply connect the key to your phone, tablet, or computer and can use this a an alternative method of verification.
    • Backup Codes: It is possible to print or download a set of 8-digit backup codes to keep in a safe place. Backup codes are helpful if you lose your phone.
    • More information on verification codes can be viewed on Google's verification web page.


Google 2-Step Verification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I set up 2-Step Verification?
    • You should set up 2 Step Verification as it adds an extra layer of protection to your DCU Apps a/c making it very hard for anyone to take over your email account remotely. Google 2 Step
    • With 2 Step Verification enabled, a hacker would need the password and physical control of your phone, or your actual computer.
    • Without 2 Step Verification, hackers may be able to access your account with just your password.
    • Here's why this matters: In most cases, you would have no way of knowing whether someone somewhere in the world had cracked your password and was rummaging through your account, with Google 2 Step Verification turned on it will inform you of this.

What should I do if I have an issue?

If you have any issues with enabling 2SV or accessing your DCU Google Apps a/c, please log a ticket with ISS