Two-Factor Authentication (General)

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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

At N.C. State, all faculty and staff will be required to enroll in 2-Factor Authentication by October 31, 2017, for both Google and Duo accounts.

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:

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