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STUDENTS, PROVE IT'S YOU: Sign up for two-factor authentication before Aug. 31

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - All students on all WVU campuses will be required to use two-factor authentication for access to many systems, including eCampus, by Aug. 31, 2018. You can get ahead of the curve by enrolling now. Click the MyLogin button at login.wvu.edu to get started.

One caution for the classroom: Some instructors don't currently allow phones in their classes. Before enrolling, make sure your professors know what you're doing and wait until the last day of classes (Friday, April 27) if there's a problem.

Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your WVU Login credentials. It requires you to prove who you are using what you KNOW (your Login credentials) and what you HAVE (a phone or other device). With the free Duo Mobile app or a Duo display token, you can confirm your identity in seconds.

You're already using two-factor. You get a code when you change your password for email or social media. You enter a PIN with your debit card. That's two-factor at work. It helps keep your personal and academic information out of the wrong hands.

Two-factor is no different than a physical key to a door: If you want access to something WVU considers important, you'll have to prove it's you to gain that access.

To enroll, go to login.wvu.edu and select "My Login." Enter your WVU Login credentials, click "Enroll in Duo 2-Factor" and follow the steps to add your mobile device. Be prepared to download the free Duo Mobile smart phone app. To learn more, visit twofactor.wvu.edu.

A smartphone is the recommended and most popular way to do two-factor because the free app is simple, fast and easy. And most people carry their phones at all times. But ITS understands that might not be the case for everyone, so we have alternatives - and backups for when you forget your phone.

The Duo display token, which generates a one-time passcode at the push of a button, sells for $24.98 in the IT Service Center at the Mountainlair or at Computer Repair and Assistance in G-49 of Brooke Tower. The Yubikey, which requires a USB port and only works with the Chrome browser, sells for $19.98. Both are available at all Barnes & Noble campus bookstores.

If you need help getting started, contact the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444 or ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.