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What is Two-Factor Authentication?

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Two-factor authentication is a security process that helps protect your Ontario Tech account. This process requires you to use two different authentication factors (methods) to verify your login.

Think of your first factor as the lock on the front door of your house and the second factor as the door's deadbolt. The first factor is your Banner ID password, and the second factor is a push notification, a code or call sent to your cellphone or a physical security key inserted into your computer or generated from a dedicated two-factor hardware token.

Two-factor authentication is the most effective way of protecting both your credentials and the resources you access with those credentials. With two-factor authentication, you can ensure that all your data remains safe, even if your password is compromised.

  • Why are we using it?
    Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of protection to your accounts and the data you access through them. The easiest way for malicious hackers and phishers to access Ontario Tech's systems and data is by hijacking your account. With two-factor authentication, you are protecting yourself and your Ontario Tech community against these sorts of attacks and ensuring each link in our security chain is strong.
  • How do I get it?
    Once two-factor authentication is activated (DATE TBD, Check with Ian Doyle), the next time you log in to an Ontario Tech authenticated service, you will automatically be prompted to set up your two-factor authentication via Duo Link.

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