What is Two-factor Authentication and Duo

Rice Office of Information Technology announces the availability of two-factor authentication tool, Duo. This tool adds a second layer of protection to online accounts.

 What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of protection to your online accounts.  Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in to your account, even if they know your password. 


Why is two-factor authentication needed?

With the number of stolen passwords and hacking attempts on the rise, it is important to ensure the safety and security of Rice data.  By using two-factor authentication, we can ensure that critical university systems are only accessed by authorized users.


Which services are protected using two-factor authentication?

Rice University is using this technology to protect your VPN access to Rice systems.  Once you are successfully enrolled in Duo, two-factor authentication will also be enabled to protect your MyNetID access.  In the near future, we plan to add this protection to other applications that may contain sensitive information.


Do I need any special equipment in order to enroll or use two-factor authentication?

Rice University and Duo Security's two-factor system uses something most of us already have — a smartphone. A smartphone is the best choice since it provides the greatest level of security. It allows you to use the Duo Mobile app, letting you receive push notifications for easy, one-tap authentication, or choose to receive a phone call or text.


How do I enroll in Duo?

Refer to the Duo Enrollment Guide in the Rice KnowledgeBase : https://kb.rice.edu/page.php?id=70779

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you have installed the Duo Mobile app and you have successfully activated Duo Mobile. 



How do I access AnyConnect VPN?

Information on using the new VPN (select your platform): https://kb.rice.edu/page.php?id=82263

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Keywords:second layer online accounts two factor authentication logging passwords critical duo login enrollment   Doc ID:78235
Owner:Diane Y.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-11-14 12:25 CDTUpdated:2018-08-08 13:14 CDT
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