About UI Verify and 2FA

Why do I have to use 2FA?

Your University of Illinois account is an attractive target for hackers, because it has valuable information like banking account information and personally identifying data about you. In addition, valuable university data or research might be protected by your NetID password. However, it's possible for hackers to crack or steal your password, which would allow them to access your data. Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires an additional layer of security, so your University account stays secure even if someone knows your password.

What is 2FA?

Two-factor authentication is a method of confirming a user's claimed identity by utilizing something they know (password) AND a second factor - something they have, like a generated authentication code or registered device. The video below explains more about the process.

What are UI Verify and Duo?

UI Verify is the University's 2FA initiative that allows you to set up and manage your authentication. UI Verify uses Duo Security as our vendor for the implementation of 2FA. If you use a smartphone for 2FA, you will download the Duo application onto your phone and will come to associate Duo as your 2FA system. You might hear the 2FA process referred interchangeably as "UI Verify", "Duo" or "2FA".

2FA protection means you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone learns your password.