Duo Multi-Factor Authentication: Introduction and Enrollment

The enrollment process:
  • Enroll a device
  • Install the Duo Mobile app
  • Activate Duo Mobile (scan the barcode)
  • Configure your device (optional)
  • Repeat to install another device (a good idea)

Enroll your device(s).

Some background information...

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)?

  • Essentially, MFA add layers of security to your account. At UWRF, besides logging in with something you know (your password), you also log in using something you have (e.g., a phone). And if your phone is secured (e.g., with a PIN or fingerprint), security is even better! So even if someone gets a hold of your password, they still can't log into your account.
  • For a little more detail, check out this quick explanation or a more entertaining 2 minute video from Duo.

Why does UWRF employ MFA?

  • It is included in a University of Wisconsin System Information Security policy (1030) with its accompanying procedure (1030.A).
  • In this era of social engineering, it is just a good idea. Adding a second layer of security helps prevent anyone but you from logging in even if they know your password.
  • "Based on our studies, your account is more than 99.9 percent less likely to be compromised if you use MFA," said Alex Weinert, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager for Identity Security and Protection.

When to enroll in MFA?

  • Employees enroll immediately after your Falcon Account is activated.
  • Students enroll following your initial registration for classes. Duo is not required for email or eSIS access as an admitted student.

What are my MFA options?

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