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Two-factor authentication (2FA) will soon be required to access Northeastern University’s most frequently used online services and systems.

Enhance your security by enrolling today.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about and enroll in two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA is required to access the university’s virtual private network (VPN), and is being required to access an increasing number of the university’s most frequently used online services and systems.

To prepare for this transition, members of the university community will need to be enrolled in Duo, the university’s 2FA service provider.

By enrolling in 2FA, you are taking an important additional step toward securing your online identity and personal information. You are also helping to protect Northeastern University’s research, intellectual property, and institutional data.

What is 2FA?

2FA is a form of security that protects an account with two layers of authentication. The first layer is a PIN number or password, something that you know. The second factor is something that you physically have, such as a device. For example, a bank account uses 2FA for security by requiring both a PIN and a debit card. The university’s 2FA provider is a company named Duo Security (Duo for short).

After you enroll in 2FA, when you log in to any 2FA-protected website or service, you will enter your username and password (something you know) as you do today, and then use your smartphone or another device (something you have) to verify your identity.

Who is required to use 2FA?

Beginning spring 2019, all Northeastern University community members with faculty, staff, or sponsored accounts will be required to enroll in and use 2FA.

Check out the Commonly Asked Questions page for additional questions and answers regarding the university’s 2FA requirement.

What Are You Looking For?

Enrollment Schedule

2FA will be rolled out in phases across the university to ensure that users are properly prepared for this change. Check out the schedule to find when your wave will be.

View the 2FA Enrollment Schedule

Using 2FA

With just a push notification and a screen tap, you’ll be in your account and back on your way in just a few seconds. Mobile app, phone call, and passcode authentication options are available.

Learn How to Use 2FA

Commonly Asked Questions

We know that you might still have some questions about 2FA and how it will impact your access to key online resources. Fortunately, we have many of these answers for you. 

Get Answers About 2FA

Need Some Help?

Beginning spring 2019, all Northeastern University community members with faculty, staff, or sponsored accounts will be required to enroll in 2FA. These community members should expect to use 2FA to log in to an increasing number of the university’s most frequently used online services and systems.

Check out the Commonly Asked Questions page for additional questions and answers regarding the university’s 2FA requirement.