2-Step: Getting Started
What is Duo Security?
Duo Security is a company that provides a cloud-based software service that utilizes 2-step authentication to ensure secure access to services and data. Learn more by clicking here.
What is 2-step authentication?
2-Step authentication provides a second layer of security to any type of login, requiring extra information or a physical device to log in, in addition to your password.
By requiring two different channels of authentication, we can protect user logins from remote attacks that may exploit stolen usernames & passwords.
The factors may include:
- Something you know: a unique username and password
- Something you have: A smartphone with an app to approve authentication requests
- Something you are: Biometrics - like your fingerprint or retina scan
Why do we need 2-Step authentication?
Login credentials are more valuable than ever and are increasingly easy to compromise. Over 90% of breaches today involve compromised usernames & passwords.
2-Step authentication enhances the security of your account by using a secondary device to verify your identity. This prevents anyone but you from accessing your account, even if they know your password.
How will 2-Step change my login experience?
When logging in to an application that is protected by 2-Step, you will still enter your username and password. After inputting your login information, you will be required to complete a method of second-factor authentication.
2-Step does not replace or require you to change your username and password. Think of 2-Step as a layer of security added to your pre-existing login method.
How do I enroll in 2-Step authentication?