How can I learn more about 2FA?

The University of Illinois uses a 2-Factor authentication (2FA) service provided by Duo Security, an industry leader in cybersecurity services. This will help secure your account and the University's sensitive data. The University of Illinois is committed to securing its institutional data and the personal information of everyone at the University.

About 2FA

NetID Center - Enroll and Edit 2FA
What is 2-factor authentication?

Setting up a Phone with Duo

Step 1 - Installing the Duo Mobile app (optional)
Step 2 - Getting started with Duo
Step 3 - Adding a device to Duo
Step 4 - Activating Duo Mobile for your device


Setting up a Token with Duo

2FA - Hardware Tokens

Using Duo

Temporary Passcode


Maintaining & Troubleshooting Duo

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


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Set up a Non-University email address to receive a temporary passcode in the event you forget or can't access your 2FA device. This will prevent a call to the Service Desk.
The default 2FA options can incur data charges for text messages, phone calls, or accessing the Duo Mobile application while you are outside of the USA. However, there are options to avoid this.
This article explains how to receive and use a 2FA temporary code when you are not able to access your enrolled 2FA device.
There are two ways to complete the activation of your mobile device with Duo. You may use your phone camera to scan an on-screen barcode, or you can have an activation link emailed to you.
This document will instruct you on adding personal devices and phone numbers to Duo.
Prepare now before you get a new phone number or forget your mobile device! Go to the NetID Center Select Log in - Under Recovery Settings select Edit Settings. Add or update the non-university email address in order to get a temporary passcode sent to your email if necessary.
Following these steps, you will be able to register for 2FA while away from the campus network.
Getting Started with 2FA Enrollment.
Step by Step guide on How to Manage your 2FA (2-factor authentication) Devices.
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Hardware tokens are small, portable devices that you can use to log into UI Verify, the university's 2-factor authentication system. Most people are able to log into UI Verify using their personal cell phone with either SMS text messaging or via the Duo app. But if you cannot or do not want to use your personal device for 2FA, then a hardware token purchased from WebStore is recommended.
Commonly asked questions regarding 2FA.
The authentication methods and devices available for 2-factor authentication (2FA).
2-factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security for your sensitive, personal university data.
2-factor authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security protection for your sensitive, personal university data.
If you have lost, forgot, or can not access your 2FA device, you can request a temporary passcode. This passcode is good for 3 days and 100 uses. You can request 24 passcodes per calendar year. These can be requested if you are going to a testing center and will not have access to your 2FA device.
Students are required to protect their information by setting up Two Factor Authentication (2FA) for direct deposit refunds.