Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) - Duo

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Duo logo Two-Factor Authentication, provided by Duo, integrates your mobile phone into the login process, resulting in two types of authentication to verify your identity:
  • Something you know – your username and password
  • Something you have – your mobile device

Benefits & Features

Why is this needed?

  • Cyberattacks targeting our faculty, staff, and students are an ongoing threat.
  • Most cyberattacks are executed by taking advantage of weak or stolen passwords.
  • Two-Factor Authentication is the best way to mitigate attacks on weak or stolen passwords.

Getting Started

How to Register?

Registration Tips

  • Register your Android or iPhone using the Duo mobile app found in your device's app store for the most secure experience, which pushes notifications to your device.
  • Register the mobile device that you normally have with you at work, when traveling or at home. This will be your primary device that will receive authentication notifications.
  • You will need your mobile device and computer to register.

I’ve registered! Now what?  

  • Try to log into a university system, like Canvas. Type in your username and password and click Log In. If your username and password are valid you will be redirected to to confirm you are in control of your device.
  • If you don’t receive an authentication notification, check the notification settings on your phone, open the Duo Mobile app, or restart the Duo Mobile app on your smartphone.


Free for use as a University faculty, staff, or student



  • Smartphone
  • Duo app installed on your phone


For the most efficient support experience, please submit a ticket using the request form on this page. Alternatively, contact your campus Help Center location via email, by phone, or in person.

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