Two-Step Login (Duo) FAQ


This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about two-step login (Duo) at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents:


How do I enroll in two-step login (Duo)?

Will two-step login start as soon as I enroll?

  • You'll start seeing prompts from Duo within one day of registering your first device.

Where will I use Duo?

  • Services protected by two-step login include:
    • UO web services that use Shibboleth single sign-on for login, including Canvas, Zoom, Banner, and others
    • UOmail (starting June 3, 2020)
    • Office 365 applications, including Microsoft Word, Teams, Outlook, OneDrive, and others (starting June 3, 2020)
  • For more information, see List of UO services protected by Duo.
  • More services will be protected by two-step login in the future, including UO VPN and others.

How often will I need to use Duo?

  • For most services, you can check the Remember me for 7 days box on the Duo screen. Then you'll only need to do two-step login once per week (for each browser or app, on each device).
  • Note: Banner is different. For the best performance of Banner 9, we recommend using private browsing — specifically, running Banner in a Chrome Incognito window and closing that window at the end of each business day. For that reason, Banner users will need to do two-step login at least once on each day they use Banner.

Can I preview two-step login before enrolling?

  • Yes, through our video learning series.
  • The brief "Preview" video from Duo Security provides a quick demo.
  • Video 02 ("Demo of the Duo experience") shows what it's like to use Duo with a single sign-on service at the UO.

Do I have to use a personal device?

  • If you have a smartphone or tablet, we strongly encourage you to register it for Duo, at least temporarily.
  • In particular, we recommend using the Duo Mobile smartphone app from Duo Security because it provides:
  • Although other device options exist, they're better suited to UO's normal campus operations, when many faculty and staff have an office phone handy and it's easier for campus IT staff to distribute hardware tokens.
  • For people who are reluctant to use a personal device for two-step login on a routine basis, you can register your device once, then subsequently write down some passcodes yourself, as described above, or request temporary emergency bypass codes. Once campus operations return to normal, you can register an alternative device and unregister your smartphone.

Where can I get a hardware token?

Can I register more than one device?

  • Yes. In fact, we recommend it! That way you'll have a backup if your first device isn't available.
  • Pro tip: Did you know the Duo Mobile app can generate passcodes you can use to log in later, like a backup method? This is recommended for everyone, but particularly for those who don't have a second device to register.

Why is the UO doing two-step login?

  • Phishing and identity-theft crimes are on the rise in higher education.
  • In response, the University of Oregon is partnering with Duo Security to implement two-step login.
  • Two-step login helps safeguard your account against breaches and other cybercrime, even if your password gets stolen. It does this by requiring for two factors when you log in to protected services: something you know (your password), plus something you have (like your phone).
  • By enrolling you in two-step login, we're making it much harder for anyone else to access or use your account maliciously, even if they were to steal your password. Multifactor authentication, such as two-step login with Duo, blocks almost 100% of attacks based on credential theft, according to research by Google and Microsoft.
  • Once you've registered your first device with Duo, you'll have the ability to deny access if someone else is trying to sign in as you to a protected UO service. You can press "Reject" on a Push notification, or press 9 during a Duo phone call, to report a fraudulent attempt to use your account.

Who must enroll in Duo?

Will I have to register my laptop or desktop computer?

  • No. For two-step login, you will register a cell phone, hardware token, or landline phone.

I'm already using the Duo Mobile app for a non-UO service. Can I use it for UO, too?

  • Yes. The Duo Mobile app can be used for multiple services at the same time. Just register that same smartphone or tablet for UO's two-step login (see Getting Started with Two-Step Login).
  • The app will work for two-step login for your Duck ID and will also continue working for any other services you're using Duo for.

I'm having trouble with Duo. What can I do?

Why does the Duo Mobile app want me to back up to Google Drive or iCloud?

  • Allowing the Duo Mobile app to back up to Google Drive or iCloud will turn on Duo Restore for your account.
  • This feature makes it easier to recover your Duo settings if you later replace your phone.
  • This option is mentioned in our best-practice recommendations. More information is available on Duo's website.

What happens if my device gets lost, broken, or stolen?

  • Report it. Lost or stolen devices should be reported to the Technology Service Desk immediately to prevent unauthorized access to protected resources.
  • Use a backup option, if you have one:
    • Use another registered device. If your usual device is unavailable for some reason and you've registered other devices, you can use those. After you enter your Duck ID and password to log in, when you get the Duo prompt, just use the dropdown menu at the top to select an alternative device.
    • Use mobile passcodes. Did you previously generate mobile passcodes from the Duo Mobile app and write them down? You can use them like a backup device!
  • Request a temporary bypass code, if needed. If you don't have any other devices registered, you can request a temporary bypass code. You can then use that code to access services and to register more devices in Duck ID Self-Service.

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