Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication 2017-11-02T14:03:50+00:00

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an enhanced log-in method. You may already use 2FA to access Nessie from home – or on other websites such as Gmail or your bank’s website.

All university employees must begin using two-factor authentication to access sensitive university data from work and home.

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication

Watch the following video for comprehensive instructions on setting up 2FA:

How to Sign In Using 2FA

The following video shows how to use Duo Push notifications, phone-call passcodes and text-message passcodes:

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Direct deposit
    • W-2, W-4
    • Benefits and earning statements
    • EIF
    • Loan Default
    • TDRP
    • LTD
    • Employment Verification
    • NOA
    • Tuition Waivers
  • Banner
  • HRFE/Paris
  • NetID and password changes
  • Applications accessing sensitive data

You are being asked to do this as part of the University’s solution to protect your sensitive, personal university data. 2FA provides better account protection than merely using a password. If your password is stolen or compromised, having 2FA set up will require the thief to also have possession of your phone in order to access your account. Merely having your pin and password is no longer enough to change your personal information.

2FA is the implementation of 2-Factor Authentication for completing the login process. The University of Illinois System is using Duo Security as our vendor for the implementation of 2FA. If you use a smartphone for 2FA, you will download the Duo application onto your phone and will come to associate Duo as your 2FA system.

We recommend starting the quick setup process from the beginning by going to and clicking Get Started. (Watch the 2FA Self Enrollment video above to see your next steps.)

If you have already registered your cell phone number, your second entry will override the first (rather than registering the number twice). You will also have the option of registering additional devices.

Using the Duo app on your personal smartphone is the recommended – and most convenient – method of two-factor authentication.

Other ways to use 2FA:


Duo will send you a push notification to your tablet, allowing you to approve or deny the login request. The app can also generate passcodes without needing a network connection. Open the DUO Mobile app and select the key icon to the right of the University of Illinois to generate a passcode. Then enter that passcode on the 2FA screen.

Cellular Phone

A text or phone call with a code can be received with your cell phone (does not need to be a smartphone).

Landline Phone

A non-University phone number can be used to authenticate. Some university phone numbers are in shared spaces and are not considered secure. Lync phones are not considered a second factor and can’t be used for authentication purposes.


If you do not wish to use your smartphone, tablet, cell phone or landline phone, you can request a token for authentication. The cost of the token will be absorbed by your department. (See below for more information.)

The token is a physical device that will generate a numeric passcode. The cost of the token will be absorbed by individual departments.

Departments may purchase tokens through the webstore:

Since the token is associated with an account, tokens cannot be shared. They can be transferred.