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Set up Two-Step Authentication (SMS method)

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Setting up two-step authentication

  1. On your desktop or laptop browser, visit the Stanford Accounts Application.
  2. Click Manage.
  3. Click the Two-Step Auth tab.
  4. Click Enable.

    enable button
  5. Read the requirements on the next page and then click continue.
  6. On the Select Authentication Code Mechanism page, click SMS Text Messaging.
    If you would like to use Google Authenticator - please refer to the Google Authenticator video provided by ITS/H&S.

    select SMS text messaging
  7. On the SMS Phone Selection page you will be prompted for your phone number. Enter your cell phone number (include the area code,but do not preface the number with a 1) and click continue.

    Note:  If your cell phone has an international phone number, you cannot use SMS Text Messaging as your two-step authentication method. Please choose either Google Authenticator for Smartphone or Printed List.

    enter mobile phone number
  8. A text message containing a six-digit authentication code will be sent to your cell phone.

    example of authentication code sent via test message
  9. You will be prompted for your authentication code to complete the setup. Enter the Stanford Authentication Code from the text message into the Authentication Code box and click verify two-step authentication.

    enter authentication code
  10. If you've entered the correct code, the Two-Step Authentication Mechanism Enabled page is displayed. Otherwise, you will be prompted to re-enter your six-digit number.

Using two-step authentication codes with SMS text messaging

When you are prompted by WebAuth to enter an authentication code for two-step authentication, you will be presented with a button that sends a text message to your cell phone or mobile device. The text message will contain the authentication code.



For more information: please refer to the ITS page on Two-Factor authentication, or if you receive support from the SoE IT team, click the Submit a Request tab. 

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