Signing up for first time
After clicking on the Sign in button found at the top right of the screen you'll be prompted to pick a method to sign in.
Click on the Sign in with Google button.
You can use any Google account, for example:
- A personal Google account (this might be an gmail.com, gmail.co.nz, etc account, or a Google account using a custom domain.
- Your organisational Google Business account (often this will be your business email address).
Google sign in process
What happens next in the sign in process depends on how you use your Google account. If you've used your Google account to access other non-Google services you'll likely be familiar with how this works already as this is a common process offered by Google.
If your browser is already signed in to your Google account
If you are already signed in to a Google account in your browser and only have one Google account then you may not be asked to complete the Google sign in process and the browser will attempt to sign you in automatically when you click on the Sign in with Google button.
If you have multiple Google account details stored in your browser you, the currently active account is typically used, however you may be prompted to choose an account. You may wish to visit a Google website, or your Google Account page to confirm which account you have active. If you are already signed in to the account you select you may not be asked to complete the Google sign in process.
You organisation may control this behaviour and require you to sign in to your Google account every time, or to confirm to the sign in process.
Signing in to your Google account
If you are not already signed in to a Google account in your browser then you will be redirected to the Google sign in page. This should look like your normal Google sign in page and will follow the normal Google sign in process (for example this often includes multi-factor authentication step).
Once signed in your account with us will be created automatically. If you have used an organisational account and we have additional content for you then this will be available under the My Organisation section from the home page or left-hand navigation.
Depending on your settings (or your organisation's settings) you won't need to sign in every time you visit the page, but you may be prompted to sign-in from time to time (especially if you haven't visited the site recently).
The first time you sign in with your Google account you may noticed that Google tells you it will share some limited details with Zendesk. The prompt will look similar the following:
Why are these permissions necessary?
We need this so we can identify you when you use your Google account to sign in.
The permissions requested are a well-recognised minimum set of permissions to allow you to use your Google account to sign in to other services. Specifically this is just your name, profile picture (if any), email address, and language preference.
You can (via your Google account or your organisation) revoke these permissions at any time, however you will not be able to use the the Sign in with Google option if these permissions are not granted.
Who or what is Zendesk? Why am I granting Zendesk these permissions?
Zendesk is the platform we use to host this site. The sign in process uses their standard functionality to enable Microsoft, Google, Facebook and email/password based authentication.
If you want to know more about how Zendesk use your data they have a comprehensive Privacy and Data Protection site. For reference we are using the Zendesk Guide and Zendesk Support products on this site.