Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Texas Woman’s University is strengthening its security posture by enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) (also referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification) for specific systems across the University.

MFA adds an extra layer of protection when accessing accounts and requires users to enter more information than just a password. For example, along with the password, users might be asked to enter a code sent via voice or text message or tap a verification prompt via a secure app on their phone. With multi-factor authentication, you will protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your multi-factor enrolled device).

Computer password plus phone with verification key equals access granted.

Why is TWU implementing MFA and how does it work?

TWU is committed to protecting students, faculty and staff from cyber threats, and enabling MFA is an important component to securing individual accounts, systems and data. If a password is compromised, the additional factor will help protect the account since the attacker will not have the other factor, like a phone, in their possession.

After typing in your password, you will be asked for a second form of verification to make sure you are the one logging into your account. TWU recommends using a secure app that provides a "push notification" to your device, such as a phone or tablet. The app will present a notification that will require you to verify the login attempt. If you ever receive a notification and you did not just type in your password to a system, do not allow access and report it to the Technology Service Desk at 940-898-3971. This could be an unauthorized attempt by someone trying to gain access to your account.

TWU has implemented multi-factor authentication for various systems across the university. Duo Security and Google 2-Step Verification are available for specific systems and applications. Students, faculty and staff may be required to enable both MFA solutions.

Getting Started with Duo Security
Getting Started with Google MFA

Page last updated 12:56 PM, October 10, 2023