Two-Step Authentication

two-stepIn the coming months, the Division of Information Technology (IT) will be introducing two-step authentication to the GW community on some services and applications.

Two-step authentication is a method of securing access to online information with two things - what you have plus what you know (i.e., your password plus a code sent to your phone). The Division of IT will use 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.

How to Set-up Two-Step Authentication  Two-Step Authentication FAQs

Two-Step Authentication for GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive)

To provide better security for your online information, the GW community will begin to use two-step authentication in order to sign into GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive) this fall. Two-step authentication is currently available in conjunction with GW Box. If you have already set up two-step authentication with GW Box, you will not need to set it up again.

Please see the updated schedule below for the transition to two-step authentication for GW Google Apps: 

Faculty & Staff

The Division of IT is reaching out to schools, divisions and departments to schedule a phased transition. The following schools, departments and divisions have been scheduled:

Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD): November 7


The Division of Information Technology (IT) is postponing the introduction of two-step authentication for GW Google apps for GW students. GW students will be transitioned to two-step authentication in phases beginning January 30, 2018. No changes will be made on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 as was previously communicated. However, if you'd like to sign up early for two-step authentication, you can do so using the link below. 

Want Early Access?

Take steps to protect your identity today! Sign up to receive early access to two-step authentication and secure your email address now: GW students who choose to receive early access to two-step authentication for GW Google apps will be automatically entered to win $25 in GWorld credit!*

*Some restrictions may apply. You must be a current, full-time GW student in order to win. A total of 50 winners will be chosen.


The GW community will use two-step authentication in conjunction with the new single sign-on platform.