National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week 4: 2-Factor Authentication

Three heads are better than one - use 2-factor authentication

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week 4: Software Safety | Three Heads Are Better Than One!

The mythological Cerberus was the three-headed watchdog of Hades. Just as Cerberus has multiple heads to guard the underworld, information security can use multiple factors of authentication to protect the devices and services that you use.

2-Factor Authentication (2FA) is an authentication method that requires two methods of authentication to verify a user’s identity. Authentication to a system using 2FA at UIC relies on “something that you know” — your NetID password — and “something that you have” — your mobile device or token to receive the verification code.

Verification codes are time-based codes that you can receive through SMS, a phone call, a push through the DUO app that you can install on your smartphone, or with a hardware token that you can purchase from the Webstore. Visit identity.uillinois.edu and click the “Manage my 2FA” button to start using DUO 2FA now.

2FA is growing popularity, and many service providers including banks and social media platforms, offer 2FA options. Visit twofactorauth.org to check which services you use that can be protected with the additional layer of security that 2FA offers.

Have questions? Join us at our security booth every Wednesday in October from 11am - 2pm to speak to our security personnel and take home a fun labyrinth maze gift.

October 23 - Library of the Health Sciences (LHS)
October 30 - Student Center East (SCE)

For more information on Cyber Security, visit:
awareness.security.uic.edu

Three heads are better than one —
Use 2-Factor Authentication wherever you can!