Google pushes Prompt for Google 2-Step Verification

Google is prompting you to decide what verification method you’ll use with Google 2-Step Verification (G2SV), a secure two-step login process that requires you to provide your password and an additional layer of account verification, such as a security code that is delivered to a mobile device via text or mobile app, a USB security key or backup codes.  

While there are many options to verify logins, Google is encouraging users who enroll in G2SV to choose Google Prompt as their default. As a reminder, all NC State University employees are required to enroll in both G2SV and Duo Security by Oct. 31.

Why Prompt?

  • A code-less verification option, Prompt provides a simpler and more secure method of signing in to your Google account.
  • When you log in to your account, Prompt sends a push or “prompt” notification to your mobile device asking if you’re trying to log in to your account.
  • You simply tap “yes” on your mobile device to verify your login, instead of entering a code or inserting a U2F security key.
  • While you are logging in, Prompt may provide you with information regarding your login request, such as:
    • Device type
    • Location (approximate vicinity of the login request)
    • Time
  • After reviewing these login details, you can select:
    • “Yes” to continue the authentication process.
    • “No, it’s not me” to deny the request.

If you are relying on Short Message Service (SMS) or text codes as your primary method of account verification, you will:

  • now receive an invitation to try Prompt when you log in to your Google account.
  • be able to preview the process to see how it differs from SMS; you can decide at that point whether to enable Prompt or opt-out.

Helpful notes:

  • A data connection is required to use Prompt. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, Prompt will use a small amount of cellular data.
  • Android users will need to be signed in to their device or Gmail app to use Prompt.
  • iOS users will need the Google Search app installed on their phone to use Prompt.
  • Visit Two-Factor authentication at NC State to enroll in 2FA and to update your settings and devices.
  • Google Prompt and a U2F key cannot be activated at the same time on an account. If you have already enrolled a U2F key, you will not be allowed to enable Prompt.

To learn more about these enhancements and other new Google features, check out the latest edition of What’s New In G Suite.

For training tips, follow the NC State Google Services Team on Google+.