With today’s tech world becoming more and more advanced, there is room for technology users to become more confused each and every day. Hackers are becoming more advanced and innocent tech users are losing their information and identity over failed security.
But here at Wake Forest, the University has made things quite simple for students: enable Google 2-Step Verification, or have your student account disabled. Sounds pretty forceful, right? It is, but it is also extremely necessary so that information is not stolen. So, what is the Google 2-Step Verification?
Google 2-Step Verification is another layer of protection for your account. Most people only have a password, but even passwords are not foolproof. This extra layer of protection allows users to either enter security code unique to them, enter a Security Key via a USB, or go to the Google app on their phone and confirm the login.
This means that if you are in Winston-Salem and a hacker is attempting to access your information in Florida, they will be unable to because they do not possess the codes, Security Key, or your phone. This extra layer of protection allows for all your information to be protected, including the other accounts that may be linked to your email account.
Setting up the Google 2-Step Verification is simple:
- Go to Google and type in “2-Step Verification”.
- Once on the information page, press the “Get Started’ button.
- Follow all directions it gives you to set up this protection. Know that you are able to choose which way you want to add this layer of protection.
- That’s it! You have set up your 2-Step Verification system and it took about five minutes! Also, if you have other accounts aside from your school account, I would suggest setting them up as well.
Starting March 11, 2018, Wake Forest will require ALL students to enable this system. If your account is not protected by then, you will be locked out of your account and you will have to contact Wake Forest Information Systems in order to regain access to the account. While it may take a few days to adjust, this process is absolutely worth it, as it does not take long and may save you from being hacked!