Increase your account security by activating Google's 2-Step Verification feature. Also known as 2 Factor Authentication, this tool adds an additional layer of protection when signing in to your Google account.  When activated, users will be required to log in not only with their password, but also with an additional security measure (i.e. codes delivered via text, voice call, or mobile app, usb security key, printed backup code, etc).


Why Configure 2-Step? 

The main benefit of activating 2-step verification is that you significantly increase your account protection against hackers. Here's how your account is better protected: 


The Cost To You... 


This all sounds too good to be true. The truth is, Google does not charge for this extra layer of protection, but it does require a little work on your end when you initially configure a device or an application to connect to your Google account with 2-step verification.


Google makes this process as painless as possible by providing multiple ways to get a code when you need it.

 

Configuration Process

Note: If Siena College account holders only use their personal device to receive a 2-step/factor code for a college application, the personal device is not subject to monitoring/discovery.
 

Additional Information

Visit Google's support page to learn more about 2-Step Verification.