Use Google Authenticator at RCS

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What is Google Authenticator?

Google Authenticator generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone. Google Authenticator can be downloaded from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store on your mobile device.

Why get Google Authenticator?

  • You don’t already use another Authenticator app, like LastPass Authenticator or 1Password
  • It’s more secure than receiving a text message
  • It works without internet and network coverage
  • Great for areas with no cellular service or traveling abroad
  • Multiple accounts in one place
    • Ex. Gmail, Veracross, Evernote, LastPass and more
  • It is EASY to use!

Setting up Google Authenticator

G-Mail

Need to set up 2 Step Authentication?

Follow the instructions here: https://howdoi.riverdale.edu/wiki/Google_2_Step_Verification

Setup Google Authenticator with 2 step authentication

  1. From your favorite browser, open the Google account security page
  2. Click on “2-Step Verification”
  3. Under the Authenticator App section, click “Setup”
  4. Choose your device type (Android, iPhone) and click “Next” to reveal a QR code
  5. Open the Authenticator app on your device
  6. Tap on “Begin Setup” or the + sign on the top right to add an account
  7. Tap “Scan a barcode” (It might ask you for permission to use your camera, it’s OK!)
  8. Scan the QR code that is open in your browser
  9. Click the “Next” button
  10. Type the code you see on your mobile device into the text box and click “Verify”.
  11. Click the Done option to complete your setup

Veracross

Setup Google Authenticator with Multi factor Authentication

  1. Open up the Veracross portal via Okta
  2. Login using your RCS username and passphrase
  3. When prompted to enroll your account at this time, click on “Enroll in MFA” to reveal QR Code
    1. If there is no prompt, click your initials on the right
    2. Then click “Manage Multi Factor Authentication”
    3. After, click “Enroll in MFA”
  4. Open the Authenticator app on your device
  5. Tap on “Begin Setup” or the “+” sign on the top right to add an account
  6. Tap “Scan a barcode” (It might ask you for permission to use your camera, it’s OK!)
  7. Scan the QR code that is open in your browser
  8. Type the code you see on your mobile device into the text box and click “Verify”
  9. You will be promoted to write down your one time use recovery code (in the event you misplace or replace your Google Authenticator device) and check a box saying you did in order to complete setup
    • IMPORTANT: Please keep your recovery code in a secure location.