Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important issue for organizations and technology users. While Ripon College has always had security practices in place to protect our network, we are adding additional layers of security in 2021.

Multi-Factor Authentication for signing into Google

Multi-Factor Authentication ("MFA", "2-Factor Authentication", "2 Step Verification") is a way of verifying that the individual signing into Ripon College system is actually who they claim to be. With MFA, if someone with bad intentions obtained your password, they would not be able to access your account because they would not have access to your second verification step.

Requirement for all users to enable 2-Step Verification for Google

In 2017, Google admitted that hackers steal almost 250,000 web logins each week. Since COVID-19, the US FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes. This is the current situation in Cybersecurity. Though Ripon College currently implements good security systems, it is necessary that we continue to add layers of security in order to protect your information and the sensitive data we handle day to day.

How does Multi-Factor Authentication work?

Do I have to do the second step every time I log in?

Does checking “Don’t ask again on this device” make me less secure?

Are there other options for my second step?

What if I don’t have my smartphone and cannot approve the MFA authentication?

What if I don’t have a mobile phone?

How can I change my MFA settings?

How can I receive the prompt on additional smartphones/tablets?

How do I add a phone number to my Google MFA?

Is any authentication method more secure?

What if I get a prompt or code but I am not signing in?

What if I get a new smartphone and/or change my phone number?

I still have questions.

List of Countries Routinely Blocked From Ripon College's Network

Ripon College has, for several years, blocked traffic to and from some foreign countries. 

These countries had been identified as being the source of many malicious sites that have historically probed our campus network.

OIT will open up individual sites from blocked countries upon faculty request. We appreciate being given a day's notice for such requests, which can be made by emailing



Activating 2 Step Verification with android:


Activating 2 Step Verification with iPhone:


Activating 2 Step Verification with just the text message or call option:


Signing into Google Workspace with prompt:


Signing Google Workspace with Text Message: