In order to improve the security of our SUNY Oswego email accounts, Campus Technology Services enabled Google’s 2-Step Verification feature on June 22nd.

Why are we turning this on?

This new feature adds an additional layer of security for our SUNY Oswego email accounts. Even if a third party knows your password, they would still need the unique code that is generated by your phone to access your account. This helps prevents third parties from using your email address for malicious purposes and helps protect your sensitive information.

How does it work?

Once 2-Step Verification is turned on, just sign into your account like normal and you’ll be prompted to enter a unique code before you can access your messages. The code will be delivered to your phone via text message, voice call, or mobile authenticator. Please review the alternative second step options when you enable 2-Step Verification. The additional options will be beneficial for when you do not have your phone with you.

How do I get started?

The 2-Step Verification feature will be turned off by default. In order to utilize this functionality, you must turn it on yourself. For more information, refer to Google’s knowledge article on how to turn on 2-Step Verification.

Do I have to enable 2-step verification?

No, you do not have to enable 2-step verification. The decision to enable this feature is up to you. However, Campus Technology Services recommends that 2-Step Verification is enabled.

How do I get help?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding 2-Step Verification, please feel free to contact our Help Desk at help@oswego.edu or 315.312.3456.  

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