Coming Soon: Two-Step Authentication for Google Apps

October 19, 2017

Starting today, October 24, 2017, GW staff and faculty will begin using two-step authentication to sign into GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive, etc.) in order to better secure GW’s online information.

What is Two-Step Authentication? 

Two-step authentication is a method of securing access to online information with two pieces of information – for example: your password plus a one-time code sent to your phone.

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The Division of IT uses Microsoft Two-Step Authentication to ask individuals for a second confirmation of their identity at login, using a physical device in their possession. The device may be a smartphone or tablet using an app, a text message to a phone, or an automated voice call to landline or cell phone.

What do I need to do? 

If you have not already set up Two-Step Authentication, starting today you’ll be prompted to set it up when you log into GW Google Apps. Follow these steps to configure your account:

  • Visit and click the “Faculty & Staff” link to access your GW email.
  • Enter your GW email address ([email protected]) and corresponding password to log in.
  • You will be prompted to set up two-step authentication:
    • Click the “Set it up now” button
    • Choose your preferred contact method (text message, mobile app, or office phone)
    • Fill in the required fields to complete setup.

The next time you log in, you’ll use your preferred verification option to complete the login process.

For more information, check out these resources:

I’d like in-person assistance configuring my account.

Need help setting up two-step authentication? Visit us during the IT Support Center’s office hours or at one of the locations listed below:

Foggy Bottom 
Academic Center, Rome Hall, Entrance Level
October 24 & 25 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Mount Vernon Campus
Eckles Library, Lobby
October 24 & 25 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Innovation Hall, Lobby
Research Place, Room 240
October 24 & 25
9:00am - 2:00pm

What if I’ve already enabled two-step authentication? 

If you’ve logged into GW Box or were granted early access to two-step authentication, you’re good to go! No further changes are necessary.