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DUO - Two-Factor Authentication

What Is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) and Why Do We Need It?

Passwords aren’t getting the job done to protect the university and you against cyber attacks.

2FA boosts protection of your account from hackers. We are all used to having one layer of security — our password — to protect our accounts. With 2FA, if the hackers have your password, they will still need your phone or passcode to get into your account.

Using 2FA is the same type of layered protection that you already use when logging in to online banking and many other sites. 2FA via Duo requires you to prove your identity in two ways when logging in to certain UTHSC applications – your NetID password plus an approval request or passcode generated on your smartphone.

Don't Accept a DUO Push If You Haven't Initiated It

DUO two-factor authentication has been implemented at UTHSC to protect our credentials and to verify that the person wanting access to information is who they say they are. When receiving a DUO notification on your phone, you have the option to DENY the request if you did not initiate it.

Last Published: Jul 26, 2021