Sign up for Duo 2-factor authentication and never change your password again
- December 28, 2017
How would you feel about never having to change your BlazerID password again while making your account more secure?
All you have to do is make a New Year’s resolution to sign up for a Duo Security 2-factor authentication account. Using Duo is simple — you sign in to your account, then click a button on your mobile device to finish logging in to UAB systems. Duo can even remember computers you trust so you only have to log in with Duo once a month on trusted computers.
Duo is available for use with your BlazerID for all UAB students, faculty and staff. UAB Medicine employees will continue to use RSA 2-factor authentication for healthcare software that requires it, but can sign up for a Duo account for applications that use BlazerID.
Why is UAB using 2-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication is one of the most valuable tools to lower the risk of theft of your credentials and information. Two-factor authentication refers to a factor you know — your password — and a factor you have — your mobile device.
If a scammer steals those credentials, whether through a successful phishing attack or a password-reuse issue, he or she can impersonate you and access any accounts to which you have access. That can open the door to serious issues, such as changing your direct deposit settings to someone else’s bank account or corrupting your research data. Using 2-factor raises the bar required to successfully pull off such attacks.
How do I sign up for Duo?
Head to uab.edu/2factor to learn more about the Duo Security tool and sign up for an account. Once you sign up for Duo, you can’t leave the system — but we won’t make you change your password again unless your account is compromised.
The 2-factor site will walk you through what 2-factor authentication is, why we are using it and how to use it for every device. Our quick-start guide will take you step-by-step through enrolling your devices.