Information technology tools and resources at the UW
Two-factor authentication (2FA)
What is 2FA?
Two-factor authentication adds a layer of security when you sign in with your UW NetID. With 2FA, first you enter your password, then use a 2FA device to prove it’s really you.
When do I sign in with 2FA?
You’ll be asked to sign in with 2FA only when a system requires it. Many systems with sensitive data require 2FA, including UW administrative systems, Hyak, and others.
Why do I need 2FA?
2FA prevents others from signing in as you, even if they know your password. It protects you and the UW from the risks of phishing scams and other forms of passwords theft.
Duo available April 19
Duo is the new solution for 2FA with UW NetID. All employees, and students in approved programs, can use Duo. Entrust token users will migrate to Duo during spring/summer.
Workday will require 2FA – employees enroll by May 31
HR/Payroll Modernization asks all employees to enroll in Duo by May 31. 2FA is required for Workday training in May and for employee access to Workday in June.
Choose and manage your device(s)
To get started with Duo, first choose what device(s) you’ll use for 2FA.
We recommend using Duo Mobile on your smartphone. It’s free, secure, and simple to use.
- Set up a smartphone or tablet – recommended
- Set up a mobile phone or landline
- Set up a U2F device
- Request a hardware token
The following table describes types of 2FA devices and their sign-in options.
|Device Type||Sign-in Options||Notes|
|Smartphone or Tablet (Recommended)
|Mobile Phone or Landline
Sign in with 2FA
Once you set up your device(s), you’ll be ready to sign in with 2FA.
Sign-in options include:
- “Send Me a Push” – Duo sends a notification to Duo Mobile on your smartphone or tablet. You then tap “Approve” to sign in. An internet connection (Wi-Fi or cellular data) is required to receive push notifications.
- “Call Me” – Duo calls your smartphone, mobile phone, or landline. Answer the call and follow the instructions to approve.
- “Enter a Passcode” – Launch Duo Mobile to generate a passcode, with or without an internet connection. Or, if you have a hardware token, use the passcode from it.
To learn more, review how to sign in with 2FA.