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Hardware tokens

A hardware token is a one-button device that displays a one-time passcode for signing in with 2FA. No internet connection is required to sign in using a hardware token.

Hardware tokens aren’t recommend since they have a higher administrative cost than other options, and they require safe disposal as electronic media.

Hardware tokens provided by UW-IT

Do I have to use hardware token?

No, you can choose to use other devices for 2FA.

Device types and sign-in options are described on the 2FA home page.

Can I request a hardware token from UW-IT?

Yes, UW-IT provides hardware tokens to people who really need one.

If other 2FA device options aren’t feasible for you and you don’t have an Entrust token, you may request a hardware token.

If you have an Entrust token, please visit the Migration from Entrust to Duo page for more information.

To request a hardware token, please submit a Hardware Token Request.

How much do hardware tokens cost?

UW-IT provides hardware tokens at no charge to the individual or department. We’re assessing demand for hardware tokens to ensure a fair and sustainable funding model for them going forward.

What kind of hardware token does UW-IT provide?

Our current supply of hardware tokens is Duo’s D-100 token.

We’re looking into other suppliers of compatible hardware tokens to reduce costs.

Personal hardware tokens

Can I register my own hardware token?

You can set up a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) device. However, U2F devices only work with web single-sign on and in compatible browsers.

Please contact us if you or your department want to register other compatible types of hardware tokens (e.g. Yubikeys). Based on demand, we may add support for other personal hardware tokens, purchased by individuals or departments.