Unauthorized access to email accounts is a major risk for both Eckerd College and for all faculty, staff, and students. Since access to Gmail is available anywhere in the world it is a major target for hackers. In order to better protect this resource, Eckerd College requires 2-Step Verification for all employees and students.
With 2-Step Verification you will protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone or a Security Key). Once you have been authenticated successfully the system can remember your device for 30 days and you won’t be asked to perform both steps. For most people, the easiest way to use 2-Step Verification is via a text message or Google prompt to your cell phone. Employees can contact ITS to get a USB security key as an alternative method. You may want to have one of these if you regularly travel to locations that have unreliable cellular service. Note, the USB security key is currently only supported with the Chrome internet browser.
Instructions for setting up 2-step verification
In Gmail, click on your avatar on the top-right corner of the screen; click on Manage your Google Account
Click Security on the left
Scroll down on the page to the Signing in to Google Section and click on 2-Step Verification
Click on Get Started and then follow the instructions to complete setting up 2-Step Verification.
You will have the ability to configure more than one verification option depending on your needs (text message, Google prompt, USB security key, etc).