Two-factor authentication can have many names: multifactor authentication, two-factor, or 2-step verification. These are all names for another layer of protection for your various accounts. When you activate two-factor authentication, you will be required to login with both your username and password in addition to one of the following:
- A code delivered via text, voice call, or mobile app
- A USB security key
- A printed backup code
- A push (pop up) notification on your smartphone
Why is 2FA necessary?
- 50% of emails sent to the University are spam or phishing scams. Monthly, over 200 people in the University community fall for a phishing e-mail, and 150 accounts are disabled due to compromised credentials.
- When your Unity credentials are compromised, the offender will have access to everything in your Google account, including Google Drive, and sensitive data stored in MyPack Portal (W-2 forms, payroll, billing account info).
- Up to 98% of email breaches can be prevented by 2FA.
What are the benefits of 2FA?
- A significant increase in protection of your account from hackers.
- Adds an extra barrier between your account and the offender- to access your account they would need to know your security code in addition to your username and password.
- Requires a unique security code every time your account is accessed by an untrusted device, application, or web browser.
For further information about 2-Factor Authentication, visit NC State OIT’s website: https://oit.ncsu.edu/it-security/2fa/#learnmore