UF is an extremely high-value target for attacks designed to steal data (like financial records and research) as well as the identity information of our students, faculty, and staff. Using a two-factor authentication service is a great way to fight against this type of organized crime
What is Two-Factor Authentication?
If you have ever been asked to provide the name of your first pet, your mother’s maiden name, the name of your elementary school, etc., when logging in to an online service, then you’ve participated in a form of two-factor authentication. Two-factor is a second layer of security to prevent cyber-criminals from accessing your personal information.
Rather than using one single layer of security – a password – two-factor authentication at UF requires you to simply verify your identity a second time with your mobile phone or landline telephone number.
Why is UF using Two-Factor Authentication?
A multi-factor authentication process ensures that your account is being used by you and only you. Many of us reuse the same passwords across multiple accounts. (We know we shouldn’t, but we do.) Reusing passwords makes it easier for cyber-criminals to access places you have sensitive information, such as email, your campus financial, academic, and medical records, and any research you may be doing. Authenticating increases the protection of your UF accounts from phishing, social engineering, and password attacks.
To start using Two-Factor Authentication, follow the steps below or click the blue Enroll Now button and follow the prompts.
Step 1: In a web browser, navigate to https://account.it.ufl.edu/. Select Two-Factor Authentication Management and then sign in with your username credentials and follow the prompts to enroll your device.
Step 2: On your mobile device, download the “Duo Mobile” app from your phone’s application market.
Step 3: Log into a site that uses Two-Factor Authentication, like myUFL, with your username and password.
Step 4: Use your second-factor authentication method.
Step 5: In the ‘Duo Mobile’ app on your phone, approve your own login and you’re in!
If you need assistance related to Two-Factor Authentication, please contact UF IT.