About Two-Factor Authentication
Don’t be confused by its many names– multifactor authentication, two-factor, or 2-step verification– just think of it as another layer of protection for your most vital accounts. When you activate two-factor authentication, you will be required to log in with both your password and an additional security measure; such as code delivered via text, voice call or mobile app; USB security key; printed backup code; or a push (or pop-up) notification on your smartphone.
Two-Factor Authentication at NC State
At NC State University, we have two services that provide multifactor authentication to the most vital resources on campus. We use Google 2-Step to protect our Google services, like email and everything stored in Google Drive, and we use Duo to protect services that use our Shibboleth login services. Shibboleth may not be a name you know, but you use it to log in to services like MyPackPortal, WolfWare, and library resources. To be fully protected, you must turn on both Google 2-Step and Duo.
Why use Two-Factor Authentication?
The main benefit of activating Two-Factor Authentication is a significant increase in protection of your account from hackers. Here’s how that happens:
- Two-Factor adds an extra barrier between your personal information and the bad guys. To access your account, they would need to know your username and password as well as a security code.
- Two-Factor can help keep attackers from accessing your email, documents, payroll, personal information, or research data.
- Two-Factor requires a unique security code each time your account is accessed on an untrusted device, application or web browser.
- If you receive a security code or push notification when you are not trying to log in to your account, you’ll immediately know that someone else is trying to. That means you should change your password!
Ways to get codes, at a glance
|Voice Call||Yes, this feature is supported||No, this feature is not supported|
|SMS Text Message||Yes, this feature is supported||Yes, this feature is supported|
|Smartphone Push||Yes, this feature is supported||Yes, this feature is supported|
|USB Security Key||Yes, this feature is supported||Yes, this feature is supported|
|Printed Backup Codes||Yes, this feature is supported||No, this feature is not supported|
|App-Generated Codes||Yes, this feature is supported||Yes, this feature is supported|
Enroll or manage your devices: Google 2-Step Verification.
Enroll or manage your devices: Duo.