As our digital footprint expands and we have an increasing number of applications and social networks underpinned by just one email account we put ourselves at great risk for an online attack or data breach. One’s credentials for that single email account can provide access to dozens of accounts from social media networks, bank accounts, even our phone’s current geolocation information.

A study by Google names credential leaking and phishing as two of the most prevalent ways users fall prey and the most destructive; with some data breaches lasting years before the target even realizes their data has been stolen. Highly visible hijacking incidents include attacks on journalists, politicians, and government officials.

It follows that protecting that single account underpinning all the others can help mitigate your digital environments being compromised, and one of the simplest ways to do that is through Two Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA.

What is Two Factor Authentication (2FA)?

Two Factor Authentication is the process of adding additional security, often in the form of a physical device or unique key, when logging into your accounts. Google and Gsuite accounts make 2FA available through their own application called Google Authenticator, but it can also be achieved through third-party apps like Authy or 1Password, among others.

In this article, we’re going to show you how you can secure your Google Gsuite Gmail accounts from an administrative view and the end-user view.

If you’re a user wanting to setup 2-Step verification on your own account read on. If you’re an admin wanting to provision the admin console for all your users, you can skip to this section.

2FA for Google GSuite Gmail Accounts

Turning on two-factor authentication for your google account should take two minutes or less to complete.

While logged into your google account view your profile icon at top right. Click your icon and choose “Manage your google account” button in the dropdown.