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As a reminder, 2-Step verification for email and office 365 will be mandatory on November 14th.

Enroll early to prevent disruptions in service!

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What is 2-Step?

2-Step verification provides stronger security for your UNC accounts. It uses two authenticators (Duo Security and Microsoft Authenticator) to verify your identity and prevent unauthenticated access from hackers.

When you activate 2-Step, the Duo and Microsoft Authenticator apps will be used to give you a code, a push notification, or a voice call to your cellphone every time you want to use an application that requires 2-Step.

How sign-in changes:

  • STEP 1: Enter your password. Whenever you sign in to a 2-Step protected account, you’ll enter your username and password as usual.
  • STEP 2: You’ll be asked for something else to confirm the access request. A code or notification will be sent to your phone via text, mobile app or a voice call.
  • STEP 3: Enter the code, accept the push notification, or answer the voice call. This confirms “you’re you.” Report any unexpected pushes or voice calls to 919-962-HELP as these errant notifications may be a fraudulent attempt to bypass the protection offered by 2-Step.


How Will It Be Used?

2-Step verification is already being used in a number of applications.

Services already requiring 2-Step:

  • Student Financials in ConnectCarolina (Duo)
  • Online W-2 access (Duo)
  • Campus VPN (Duo)
  • Multiple IT administrative applications (Duo)
  • 1-Phish, 2-Step rule
  • ConnectCarolina Administrative Users
  • Multiple applications for Research Administration

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