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Google 2-Step Verification

What is Google 2-Step Verification?

Google 2-Step Verification (also known as 2-Factor Authentication) is similar to most multi-factor authentication processes. It is a means by which a system login and authentication process is strengthened.

Once Google 2-Step Verification is enabled, persons logging into Google will be sent a 6-to-8 digit code and this single-use code must be entered along with the person's email address/account and password (when prompted.) For additional information, visit

Why should UK users of Google services enable 2-Step Verification?

UK users of Google services should enable the Google 2-Step Verification feature because it makes the Google login process stronger. Even if an imposter/criminal cracks, guesses or steals your password, s/he will not be able to login without access to your verification codes. There are several ways to receive these verification codes and you will get to choose the means (e.g., mobile phone, desk phone, etc.)

How do I install or sign up for Google 2 step verification?

Either search for "Google 2 Step Verification" or click on the following link and select Get Started: The wizard will walk you through the setup process. It is strongly recommended that you print off your back up codes and make sure you have a good secondary email account or phone number (to use for backup purposes.) This will benefit you if ever have problems with your primary Google account or primary mobile device.

Do I have to pay extra for Google 2-Step Verification?

No, there is no additional fee to use Google 2-Step Verification feature.

Will UK pay for my data connection?

No, the University of Kentucky will not pay or reimburse you for your cell phone minutes or data plan.

Will Google 2-Step Verification cause a lot of bandwidth to be used?

No, the entire authentication process will not use much bandwidth at all. When a verification code is sent to a mobile phone, it will be sent as a text message (i.e., SMS).

Will Google 2-Step Verification work when I am off campus?

Yes, Google 2-step verification will work anywhere you have your device with Google Authenticator installed.

What happens if I lose my device? How do I reset my password? What if I don’t have a data connection?

These questions and more are answered on Google’s 2-Step Verification Help webpages:

859-218-HELP (859-218-4357)

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