Two-Step Verification of UP Email Accounts
We have just been informed that the UP ITDC, in compliance with the UP System's Memorandum No. TJH 2019-07A (dated February 13, 2019), is now implementing the two-step verification of UP email accounts.
The relevant item in the memorandum reads: "UP ITDC as well as CU IT offices are again reminded to act with all due and deliberate speed in ensuring that the University will be able to comply at the soonest time possible with the requirement that all who access personal data online must do so through a secure encrypted link and use multi-factor authentication."
Two-step verification is "a process that involves two authentication methods performed one after the other to verify that someone or something requesting access is who or what they are declared to be." In the real world, this means that you protect your account with both your password and your mobile device (phone or tablet).
A user logged in to their UP email account may receive an email from Google with email address firstname.lastname@example.org and subject "Enroll in 2-step verification now to avoid losing domain access". That is a legitimate message from Google. Just click the "Enroll" button and follow the next instructions.
Should you need help with how to use the two-step verification, kindly visit this Google page: https://support.google.com/accounts/topic/2954345?hl=en&ref_topic=7667090.
Lastly, our earnest appeal to everyone is for them to take extra care of their accounts as well as mobile devices used to verify their identities.
Geoffrey A. Solano