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Enroll in Google MFA today

Texas Woman’s University is strengthening its security posture by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) – also referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification – for specific systems across the university.

MFA adds an extra layer of protection when accessing accounts and requires users to enter more information than just a password. For example, along with the password, users might be asked to enter a code sent via voice or text message or tap a verification prompt via a secure app on their phone.  

A phased approach is being used so that groups can easily manage their enrollment into the MFA program. Google Workspace is the next system to require MFA through Google 2-step verification.

To enable 2-step verification for your account, follow the steps detailed in the “Turn on 2-Step Verification” help article provided below. Copy and paste the link to open in your browser.


TWU recommends setting up Google 2-step verification using one of the following options:

  1. Google Prompt
  2. Text (SMS) message
  3. Phone call




When can I enroll?

You can enroll today!


When is the deadline to enroll?

It is important to note that you must enroll in Google 2-step verification before Oct. 4, 2023. 


Who has to enroll?

On Oct. 4, 2023, two-factor authentication will be required and turned on for all faculty, staff and students who access Google Workspace. 


What happens if I don’t enroll by the deadline?

If you are not enrolled by Oct. 4, you will not be able to access your Google Workspace account, nor will you be able to access Canvas, LinkedIn Learning, and many other services that require Google authentication. You will need to call the Service Desk (940-898-3971) for assistance if you do not enroll by the deadline. Enroll by the deadline to avoid any access issues. 


Will I receive reminders?

You will receive reminder emails from Google requesting that you enroll in Google 2-step verification. Please do not ignore these emails.


What can I expect after I enroll?

Enrolling in Google 2-step verification does turn on 2-step verification for your entire TWU Google account. When you log into Google using your TWU Portal credentials, you will be asked for your second factor. This includes checking GMail, Google Drive or accessing other applications in Google Workspace.


If I already turned on Google 2-step verification, do I have to do it again?

If you have already enrolled in Google 2-step verification with your TWU email account, no further action is required.


What do I do if I have questions about enrolling?

If you have any questions, call the Technology Service Desk at 940-898-3971.