What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds a second layer of security to your online accounts. The cyber-threats and attacks continue to increase in number and sophistication. These recent incidents on various institutions, and especially universities, demonstrate that passwords alone are no longer sufficient to protect data.
Most people are familiar with two-factor authentication as it is used when withdrawing
funds from an ATM machine. The two factors required for an ATM transaction are the
person's PIN (something the person knows) and the ATM card (something the person possesses)
In the university environment, authentication factors will typically consist of the person's password (something known) and a mobile device or a token (something in possession).
Guide to Two-Factor Authentication
- How to Enable 2FA
- How to Add a Second Device
- How to Replace a Device but Keep the Same Phone Number
- How to Login to UT Share after Enabling 2FA
- How to Login to Citrix (desktop.uttyler.edu) after Enabling 2FA
- How to Login to VPN after Enabling 2FA
When is Two-Factor Needed?
Two-Factor Authentication is NEEDED for off-campus logins to:
- UT Share
- Outlook Email
- Direct Access
- Citrix Virtual Desktops/Applications (desktop.uttyler.edu)
When is Two-Factor NOT Needed?
Two-Factor Authentication is NOT NEEDED to access: