About MultiFactor Authentication

Multifactor Authentication

What is Multi-Factor Authentication and why do we need it?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), also known as two-step or 2-factor authentication, adds a second layer of protection to your UCI account in addition to your UCInetID and password. It adds something you have (a MFA device) to something you know (a password) to verify it is you and grant you access. This extra layer prevents anyone but you from logging in to your account, even if they know your password.

What's changing?

UCI is joining our sister UC campuses in taking meaningful action to help student employees, faculty, and staff safeguard themselves against cybercrime. By the end of 2019, Multi-Factor Authentication will become mandatory for key UCI services.

What is UCI Using for MFA?

UCI will be using Duo Security. Setting up Duo MFA for your UCInetID (WebAuth) logins is a simple process, and our MFA system has been designed to be as modest an inconvenience as possible. Once you have enrolled, you simply need to confirm it is you on your smartphone or device using the Duo app when logging in to WebAuth. You can take advantage of the "Remember me for 24 Hours" feature. For those who do not have a smartphone, the campus has funded independent Duo tokens for your use.

When will the requirement begin?

OIT will begin a phased MFA roll-out starting in 2019. You will receive advance notice on how and when to enroll in MFA before it becomes a campus requirement.

Enroll in MFA

Get started using Duo MFA by enrolling your device.

Get Help with MFA

Already using MFA and have some questions or need some help?

Thank you to UCSC ITS for allowing us to use some of their excellent documentation.

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