2-Factor Authentication: Join the Movement

It’s November, which means that all faculty and staff have adopted 2FA here at UD! Students, your turn is coming, but plans are not yet finalized. We will share more information in 2017.

Believe it or not, 2-factor authentication is common in other services you use.  For instance,  think about withdrawing money from an ATM.  After you insert your debit card into the ATM, you are asked to enter your PIN number, which is using the 2-Factor Authentication method of something you have and something you know.  If you use online banking, your username and password is often followed by entering a code sent to your phone or email, which is also using 2FA to keep this account secure and keep criminals out.

Many universities have implemented 2FA to keep their data safe and secure.  The University of Chicago, Stanford, Georgetown and our neighbors at Miami University and Cedarville University are just a few schools nationwide that are becoming cyber-mindful and reducing the vulnerability of compromised passwords.

Where else can 2FA be used?

  • Other email accounts (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo and AOL)
  • Social media accounts (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter)
  • Payment accounts (i.e. Google Wallet, PayPal and Venmo)
  • Communication accounts (i.e. Skype, Office 365 and MailChimp)
  • Gaming and entertainment accounts (i.e. YouTube, Playstation Network and Xbox Live)
  • Shopping accounts (i.e. Amazon, Apple iTunes and Google Play)
  • Many others

For more information on where to use 2FA and how to set it up for your other accounts, please visit: https://www.turnon2fa.com/tutorials/