Two-Step Authentication at Reed
Two-step authentication is implemented at Reed as an added layer of security, protecting the community and helping safeguard college data. A service called Duo is being utilized for two-step authentication. Read below to learn more.
- What is two-step authentication?
- Why is Reed doing this?
- How do I get started?
- Two-Step Authentication FAQ
Two-step authentication (also commonly referred to as two-factor authentication, two-step verification, or second-factor authentication) is an additional layer of security beyond a username and password. Typically it involves an app installed on your mobile device, a hardware token that displays a 6-digit code, or a text message sent to your phone. After signing into a service with your username or password, you are then prompted to enter a passcode, or confirm via the app that you're trying to sign in. You may already be familiar with this process if you've enabled two-step verification with popular consumer services such as Gmail, Apple ID, Twitter, Facebook, as well as most financial institutions.
Increasingly, accounts are being compromised in a variety of ways – weak passwords, re-used passwords, phishers, hackers, malware, etc. Two-step authentication helps protect community members from targeted attacks and unauthorized access to college and personal data.
Your data is important. Two-step authentication provides protection for the following:
- student records (grades, enrollment information, letters of recommendation, and more)
- college confidential and legally protected materials
- sensitive correspondence in email
- candidate materials in job searches
- in the event your password is phished, guessed, or hacked, the attackers cannot impersonate you or propagate further attacks from your Reed email address
- prevents attackers from using your Reed account to gain control of personal or professional services unrelated to Reed (personal email address, financial services, etc), where your @reed.edu email address may be set up as a recovery address.
If you'll be using your smartphone or a tablet for two-step, follow the steps below to enroll. In less than 10 minutes, you'll be two-stepping like a champ.
- Finish browsing the two-step documentation, including the video walkthroughs of using two-step at Reed.
- On your phone or tablet, head to App Store or Android Play Store or Microsoft Store and download the free Duo Mobile app.
- Now on your computer, click the blue ENROLL IN TWO-STEP NOW link at the top-right of this page.
- You'll be taken to Reed's Account Tools page, where you'll login and click Enable Two-Step.
- Now check your email for a message from Duo Security containing further instructions on completing enrollment of your smartphone or tablet.
A hardware token is a small device – requiring no network connectivity of any kind – that can be attached to your keychain or slipped into your bag. It generates one-time passcodes on demand, which can be used as your second step during authentication.
If you don't have a phone or would prefer to use a hardware token, visit the help desk in the ETC to speak with a staff member. We'll assign a token to you, walk you through enrollment, as well as your first two-step authentication with your hardware token.
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found on our two-step FAQ page.