Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication

What Is It?

Two-factor authentication better secures your username and password, and therefore the data in your account, by requiring a second method of identity verification when logging in to your online accounts. This second method varies but could involve receiving a text message with a numerical code, approving a push notification on your phone or even using your fingerprint or other biometric information to verify your identity. 

Why Do I Need It?

While a strong, unique password is the first step in protecting your accounts, massive data breaches have compromised many passwords and made it easier for criminals to gain access to personal data. Enabling two-factor authentication helps prevent unauthorized users from accessing your accounts — even if they know your username and password. 

How Do I Get It?

Rowan University Accounts

At Rowan University, we offer two-factor authentication through Duo to protect your Rowan Network account. 

Non-Rowan Accounts

Whenever possible, we suggest enabling two-factor authentication on your online accounts, particularly those with financial data and other sensitive information. 

We encourage you to check directly with your bank and other service providers about whether they offer two-factor authentication. You can also check this list to see whether websites on which you have accounts offer two-factor authentication