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Simple Deployment of 2-Step Verification in Google Apps

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2-Step Verification in Google Apps is one of our favorite (if not our #1) security tool available to Google Apps Admins. 2-Step Verification adds an additional layer of security to your domain’s Google Apps accounts, requiring user’s to input a pin number (sent to their mobile phone) whenever they log-in via a new device.

The downside of 2-Step Verification in Google Apps is that Google Apps Admins had to carefully monitor users voluntary enrollment in the program before it was actually enforced. That’s what makes this latest update so exciting.

Now, Google Apps Admins will have the ability to set a 2-Step Verification enforcement date in the future, giving their users a specific amount of time to enroll in the program. Users will be reminded to enroll in 2-Step Verification whenever they sign-in, along with email reminders leading up to the enforcement date.

2-Step Verification

The process for setting up an enforcement date is actually incredibly simple:

1. Access the Google Apps Admin Console and select the Security icon

2. Select Basic Settings then click on the link that says Go to advanced settings to enforce 2-step verification

3. Click the option to Turn on enforcement from date and choose your date

4. You can also click on the enrollment report link to monitor which users have / have not enrolled

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