Now Is the Time to Enable 2-Step Verification

Posted On June 29, 2016— Written By

EIT has previously recommended to Extension staff that they enable 2-step verification on their Google account in response to phishing attacks. If you have not done so already, we are now strongly recommending that you do this.

The reason we are moving to strongly recommending this is because phishing attacks have not only increased in number, but they have also increased in sophistication. It is very easy to believe that a phishing email is legitimate, even if you know what to look for. There has also been a renewed focus from OIT Security on campus to limit the exposure of NCSU Google accounts to phishing emails.

How it worksDiagram of how two-factor authentication works with GMail

When activated you will be required to enter your password as well as a code that will be sent to your mobile phone either by text message, phone call, or mobile app. You will only be required to do this once per month on computers or devices that you have authorized to access your Google account.

An explanation of why you should enable 2-step verification and how to go about setting it up can be found on the NCSU 2-step verification page.

EIT would also strongly recommend that you enable 2-step verification for other websites or services if the feature is available. Here is a good list of services that currently have this feature available. For an updated list, see this website.

If you have any questions or need assistance with this please contact the EIT help desk at 919-513-7000.