Two-factor authentication provides additional security for your accounts, and many apps and services offer it. Use it whenever it is offered. With two-factor authentication, anyone trying to log in as you must provide two proofs of ID:
- Something you know, such as your password.
- Something you have, such as a passcode, a phone, or even a mobile app.
Two-factor for U-M Weblogin is required for faculty, staff, student employees, and sponsored affiliates. It will be required of students as of January 29, 2020. Retirees and alumni are encouraged to turn it on for themselves.
Instructions Vary by Service
Two-factor goes by many different names—such as two-step verification, login approval, login verification, and so on—but they all protect your information and accounts.
See Two Factor Auth (2FA) for:
- A list of popular websites and services and whether or not they offer two-factor protection.
- Links to instructions (in the "Docs" column) for turning on two-factor where available.
Duo May Be an Option
If you already use the Duo Mobile app for two-factor authentication at U-M, you might also be able to use it with your personal non-university accounts.
- If a service mentions Google Authenticator, the Duo Mobile app can be used in its place.
- Websites that allow you to use Duo will display a QR code you can scan with the Duo Mobile app to get started.