What is 2FA?
Two-factor-authentication is an additional layer of security applied to your account. When logging in on a new device for the first time, you will be prompted to confirm your identity via either a push notification on your cell phone, or via a code you receive from a phone call / text.
This means that in the event that your password is compromised, the attacker won’t be able to login to your account, since they would need to have your cell phone as well. We will be requiring 2FA going forward to improve our internal security.
How Do I Enroll?
To enroll in advance, go to https://myaccount.google.com/security.
Under the “Signing in to Google” section, click on 2-Step Verification to start the enrollment process.
You have a couple different options for receiving your verification code. By default, the system will select to send you a text message. However, if you already have the Gmail app installed on your phone, you may want to choose the “Google Prompt” option. It is generally faster than waiting on a text, and regarded as more secure.
If you choose the Google Prompt option, make sure you install the Gmail app on your phone. After you have finished enrolling, the app will send you a notification like the one pictured below. All you'll need to do is click "Yes" and you'll be logged in automatically!