Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Getting Started Guide

What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) and Why Do We Need It?

Passwords aren’t getting the job done to protect the university and you against cyber attacks.

2FA boosts protection of your account from hackers. We are all used to having one layer of security — our password — to protect our accounts. With 2FA, if the hackers have your password, they will still need your phone or passcode to get into your account.

When using 2FA, you’ll be required to use two different sources (factors) to verify your identity:

  • something you know – your username and password (What is my NETID)
  • something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account. For example, this may be a smartphone or tablet using an app or a hardware token device.



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