I’m a big fan of G Suite, using G Suite simplifies my need for using several services for my day to day business. I do not need to have an IT infrastructure, I just subscribe to one.
Today’s topic that I like to share, is how to enable 2-factor authentication (2FA) for G Suite. G Suite provides the option of turning on two-step verification for your user accounts.
2FA provides an extra layer of security to your user’s data by having them authenticate with a verification code in addition to their username and password when signing in to their account. I will provide you with the instructions to enabling two-step verification as well as enforcing its use for your G Suite service.
Enabling Two-Step Verification
These steps will guide you through enabling the option of using two-step verification for your G Suite account users. This allows your users to choose to use the feature if they wish. It does not make two-step verification mandatory for your users.
If you wish to make it mandatory for your users to use two-step authentication, please continue on to the enforcing two-step verification instructions once the two-step verification option is enabled.
- Log into your G Suite Admin Console (at admin.google.com)
- Click Security (if you do not see Security, click More Controls)
- Click Basic Settings
Scroll down to the Two-Step Verification setting and tick the checkbox to Allow users to turn on 2-step verification. This will enable the ability for the account user to utilize two-step authentication if they choose.
Click on the Save changes button that appears.
This makes 2-Step Verification available for your users but does not automatically enroll them. To enroll, users need to configure their verification settings individually. See Turn on 2-Step Verification.
Once all users have enrolled in 2-Step Verification, you may enforce its use following the instructions in Manage your users’ security settings.
Enforcing Two-Step Verification
These steps will guide you through enforcing two-step verification for your G Suite account users. This will make it mandatory for your users to use two-step verification when signing in.
- Once you’ve completed the steps above, you will now see a link at the bottom of the two-step verification settings that says Go to advanced settings to enforce 2-step verification. Click the link to continue.
- You will now find yourself in the advanced security settings panel. Here, you can select Turn on enforcement now or Turn on enforcement from date.
- When you select an option, you will receive a notification window that reminds you that enabling this setting will force all users to use two-step verification. Click on OK to continue.
- Finally, click the Save changes button at the bottom right corner of your browser window to finalize the selection of two-step verification.
If you use G Suite, I highly recommend that you enable this option to make your accounts more secure.
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