Quickstart: Protect your University account with 2FA.

Google Authenticator is the recommended method of generating your 2FA code. If you do not have a smartphone or tablet, you can use other methods of receiving or creating your 2FA code. (More information)


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Prepare your device

  1. Go to the app store for your Android or iOS device. Download and install the Google Authenticator app.
  2. A QR code scanner is required to set up Google Authenticator.
    • Apple iOS devices have a native QR code scanner.
    • If you are using an Android device, go to the Google Play Store. Download and install a QR code reader.


Register for 2FA

Make sure you have your smartphone or tablet with you as you follow the next steps.

  1. Use a computer connected to the internet to go to My UD Settings.
  2. On the Register for two-factor authentication page, select Google Authenticator app as the primary method under the Method for receiving authentication code section.
  3. Select Scan a QR Code as the configuration method. A QR code will appear below.
  4. Use the QR scanning app on your smartphone or tablet to scan the QR code. Follow the directions at the Google Authenticator help page to finish the configuration.
  5. In addition to selecting a primary method for generating or receiving your 2FA code, you are required to provide backup communication methods for receiving a 2FA code. This information is only used if your primary communication method is not available.
  6. Go to the Scratch codes section. Print the 10 one-time use 2FA codes to use in an emergency or if you are traveling internationally.
  7. At the bottom of the page, click Finish & submit.

Other tips

  • If you are traveling or otherwise have limited internet access, you can still use Google Authenticator since the app works without internet access.
  • 2FA codes are time-dependent. When selecting backup communication methods, choose ones that you or a trusted person can access within five minutes.
  • Scratch codes are for emergency use when you cannot access 2FA codes through other means. Scratch codes will not expire, but each code can be used only one time. Using codes from top to bottom and striking through used codes will avoid causing confusion.
  • Changing your 2FA settings will generate a notice sent to your UD email address.
  • Not sure if you are enrolled in 2FA? Log in to My UD Settings. Your 2FA status is listed under My account information.
  • 2FA is required for certain UD services for faculty and employees and for Student Financial forms. It will be required for all students by Jan. 3, 2018.

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