Google 2-Step Verification

  • What is 2-Step Verification? 2-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account. In addition to your username and password, you'll enter a code that Google will send you via text or voice message upon signing in. 2-step verification drastically reduces the chances of having the personal information in your Google account stolen by someone else.

    Why 2-Step Verification? The education sector as a whole is cyber attacked daily. It only takes one compromised user account to make the district a victim of ransomware. Implementing 2-Step Verification on your Google Account makes it more difficult for a threat actor to gain access to information systems, such as remote access technology, email, and financial systems, even if passwords or PINs are compromised through phishing attacks or other means. Adversaries are increasingly capable of guessing or harvesting passwords to gain illicit access. Password cracking techniques are becoming more sophisticated and high-powered computing is increasingly affordable. In addition, adversaries harvest credentials through phishing emails or by identifying passwords reused from other systems. 2-Step Verification adds a strong protection against account takeover by greatly increasing the level of difficulty for adversaries. 

    How does 2-Step Verification Work? 2-Step Verification requires users to present two or more authentication factors at login to verify their identity before they are granted access. Each additional authentication factor added to the login process increases security.

    A typical 2-Step Verification login would require the user to present some combination of the following:

    • Something you know: like a password
    • Something you have: like a cellphone or land line telephone
    • Something you are: like a fingerprint, face scan, palm print, or voice recognition

    For example, 2-Step Verification could require users to insert a debit card into a card reader (first factor) and then enter a PIN (second factor). An unauthorized user in possession of the card would not be able to log in without also knowing the pin; likewise, the pin is useless without physical access to the card. 

    When does 2-Step Verification enforcement begin? 2-Step Verification enforcement has already begun. Users who do not setup 2-Step Verification will not be permitted to sign on to Google. 

    Who does 2-Step Verification apply to? All district staff who have been issued credentials (username, email address & password) are required to set up 2-Step Verification

    Implementation Details: District staff do not have to wait for enforcement to begin. Staff are encouraged to initiate this process as promptly as possible prior to enforcement of their accounts. Instructions on setting up 2-Step Verification are listed on this page.  

Steps on Setting up 2-Step Verification

  • 1. On your computer, login to My Google Account, using your Clint ISD issued email. 


    2. Click on Security (Left side menu)



    3. Scroll down until you find 2-Step Verification.

    How you sign in


    4. Turn on 2-Step Verification and follow the directions prompted. 

    *Required are 1: Phone Number (Text or Call)   2. Authenticator (see instructions below)

    turn on 2 step


    Set up Phone/Text authentication:

    1. Click on + Add phone number

    2-step-add phone

    2. Type in the phone number with the area code first. Select Text or Voice Call, then select Next.

    add a phone number


    3. Type the G- Verification code that Google sent you. Then click Verify.



    4. You have verified your phone number. You may enter another phone number if you would like.


    5. Verify ways you can always access your Google Account. 


    Other ways you can set up. 

    6: Google Prompt – required to be signed in to Google on a mobile device

    7: Passkeys and security keys – can be digital or physical, (more complicated for users but superfast sign-in after setup.)

    8: Backup codes are a last resort when all other methods fail (must be printed or stored offline)


Steps to Set Up 2-Step Verification with the App

  • Step 1. On your mobile phone, download and install the Google Authenticator app.

    Google authenticator

    • Search for the app in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
    • Use the button or QR code below from your mobile to get the app.

    On an Android device, click the button below or scan the QR code from your cell phone. 

    Get the app button

    QR code-google play

    On an iOS device, click the button below or scan the QR code from your iPhone.

    Get the app button

    qr code apple

    Step 2: Setup the Authenticator App

    Step 3. Select How you sign in to Google

    (Verify all methods, required phone/text and authenticator app)

    Google 2step verification

    Authenticator app setup: Instead of waiting for text messages, get verification codes from an authenticator app. It works even if your phone is offline.

    On your computer, click on "+ Set up authenticator" 

    authenticator app

    Scan Qr code with your phone, click Next on your Computer.

    scan a qr code


    You are now set up with the authenticator app!


Questions and Answers

  • What does the app do? What information does it collect?

  • Do I have to use my personal cell phone?

  • Who can help me set up 2-Step Verification?

  • What if I lose my Phone?