Keep Your Email Safe: Clergy Should Sign Up for 2-Step Verification

7/20/2016

North Georgia clergy email accounts (ngumc.net accounts) are provided through Google's Gmail system. Google offers a tool to help protect your account. We asked Conference IT Director Michael Murphy-McCarthy his advice on the tool, called "2-step Verification."

Do you recommend using the 2-step verification process? 
Please seriously consider turning on 2 step verification to protect your Google (ngumc) account. I've been using it, and my experience is that the extra step is well worth the time. You don't want to experience the aggravation and risk of a hacked account.

How does it work?
Google explains: 

Signing in to your account will work a little differently
1 - You'll enter your password. Whenever you sign in to Google, you'll enter your password as usual.
2 - You'll be asked for something else. Then, a code will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or mobile app. 

How do I enable it?
Information regarding 2-step verification and how to enable it is at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/2step/ 

Why does this help?
It's stronger security for your Google Account. With 2-Step Verification, you’ll protect your account with both your password and your phone. Even if someone has your password, they won't be able to access your account. 

How do passwords get stolen?
It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password. Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:
Using the same password on more than one site
Downloading software from the Internet
Clicking on links in email messages


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