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2FA: Enroll in Two-Factor Authentication

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Article Intended For

Penn State University employees, students, and other affiliates who need or wish to sign up for two-factor authentication (2FA).

Introduction

If you're not required to enroll in 2FA because of the nature of your affiliation with the University (if you're enrolling in order to gain access to a specific application or to protect your own account), please note the following before you enroll:

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Decide which device(s) you wish to use for 2FA.

    • Note that Penn State STRONGLY URGES you to enroll at least two devices in case your preferred device is lost, stolen, disabled, or inaccessible.

    • If you would like to enroll a security key or Duo token, we recommend doing so only after first enrolling a different device.

    • To review your other options, see knowledge article What Devices and Methods Can I Use for Two-Factor Authentication?

  2. Click the appropriate link for instructions for enrolling the device you choose:

Smartphone: Enroll with the help of a laptop or desktop computer

Smartphone: Enroll from the phone itself

Cell Phone (Non-smartphone)

Landline

VoIP Phone

Touch ID

Tablet: Enroll with the help of a laptop or desktop computer

Tablet: Enroll from the tablet itself