Use Two-Factor for Your Personal Accounts

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, students, and sponsored affiliates. Retirees and alumni are encouraged to turn it on for themselves.

Everyone is encouraged to turn on two-factor with their personal accounts, wherever available. Many popular services and websites, including Facebook and Snapchat, offer two-factor authentication.

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 more information.

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.