What is Two Factor Authentication at the University of Wyoming

What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication strengthens access security by requiring two methods to verify your identity.  These methods can include something you know -- like a username and password, plus something you have -- like a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.

 

Why is the University of Wyoming using Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication helps fight against phishing, social engineering and password brute force attacks and helps to secure your logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials.

Due to the number of attempted and successful account compromises UW is increasing account security by augmenting the thing you "know" (your username and password) with a two-factor authentication platform called Duo, allowing you to use a mobile phone app and more, to protect your personal data and institutional systems.

 

Who is expected/eligible to use Two-Factor Authentication?

All faculty, staff and affiliates will be required to use two-factor authentication to access University resources from off campus.

 

Two-factor authentication uses more than one mechanism to protect online accounts and personal information.  A single-factor would something you "know" - like a username and password combination.  The second factor is something you "have."  With these systems, you log in normally and then get an additional security challenge before giving you access.

To increase your account security, the University of Wyoming is augmenting the thing you "know" (your username and password) with a Two-Factor Authentication platform called Duo security, which allows you to use a mobile phone app and other capabilities to protect your personal data and institutional systems you use.

 

How do I enroll in Two-Factor Authentication?

Enroll in Two Factor at UW

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Article ID: 62623
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