Two-Factor Authentication

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 UF 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 account compromises UF 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?

Most Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates will use Two-Factor Authentication to access University resources.  Eventually, Students will be included in the use of Two-Factor.  All compromised accounts eligible for Two-Factor must enroll.  Such accounts not responding to requests to enroll will be forced.

UF Affiliations expected/eligible to use Two-Factor Authentication (GatorLink accounts only):

192 - Faculty 213 - Direct Support Organization Employee 
193 - USPS Employee 217 - Athletic Association Employee
194 - OPS Employee 218 - Foundation Employee
195 - TEAMS Employee 219 - Clinical Faculty
197 - Courtesy Faculty 220 - Consultant-Staff
205 - UF Executive 221 - Consultant-Faculty
209 - Shands Employee   236 - Recent Employee
191 - Student 216 - Student (Not Registered)
263 - Student UF Online  261 - Student UF Online (Not Registered)
Get Started

Get started with Two-Factor Authentication.

20 second video of Two-Factor if you choose to use your smart-phone

An Introduction to Duo Security

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

Using a mobile phone helps secure your account

To increase your account security, the University of Florida 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.