Two-Factor Authentication

Duo two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your account. It requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your username and password, and something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to an account. Passwords alone no longer provide adequate protection against cyber hacking. You may be familiar with two-factor authentication. Gmail, Yahoo and iCloud all offer two-factor authentication. Enroll your device(s) with Duo today!

Get Started

Duo is required for all current UAH faculty and employees. Duo will be required in classroom podium computers and Single Sign-On authenticated services. Please follow the steps below, and click here for a step-by-step picture guide to activate your account. Please note that because you will scan a QR code, it is best to setup your Duo account on a computer, not a mobile device.

  1. Activate Duo on Your Account
    Visit the Duo Management Portal and click Activate Duo.
  2. Enroll Your Device
    Now that your account is activated, you’ll need to enroll your device(s). The Duo activation portal will prompt you to do this automatically. You can choose mobile phone, tablet, or a landline phone.

    If you choose mobile device, which is recommended, you will be prompted to enter your phone number, and choose the type of device (iPhone, Android, etc.)
  3. Install & Activate Duo Mobile
    Duo will walk you through how to download the mobile app for your device, but you can also access them directly at the links below.
         - iOS
         - Android
         - BlackBerry
         - Windows Phone
    Once you install the app, you will activate it by scanning a QR code with the app’s built in scanner. Just follow the prompted instructions through the app.
  4. You’re ready to use Duo!
    With Duo activated on your account and with your device enrolled, you are ready to use Duo when logging into Duo enabled services.
Authentication Options

There are several ways you can use Duo:

Push Notification

Install the Duo Mobile app on your smartphone or tablet to receive push notifications. Once this is installed, and you attempt to log into a Duo enabled service, you’ll receive a push notification on your smartphone or tablet. Open the notification, and you’ll see a green checkmark, and a red x. Simply tap the green checkmark to gain access.

Phone Call 

Choose this option to receive a phone call on your mobile or landline phone. When you choose this option, Duo will call your phone, and you can press 1 to allow access or 9 to report a fraudulent login attempt. 


You can use the Duo mobile app to generate passcodes. This option does not require Wi-Fi or data, so this is a great option if you’re traveling or if you have limited or no cell/internet service. Open your Duo mobile app, tap the key icon, and it will reveal a passcode. Log into the Duo enabled service, choose the enter a passcode option, enter the code, and you’re in!

If you do not have your device with you, don’t worry. You can contact the OIT Help Desk to obtain temporary access codes. These passcodes can be entered in the Duo prompt on your computer.

How Do I Change Settings or Enroll Another Device?

To change settings or enroll another device, log into myUAH or any Duo-protected service. When you get to the Duo prompt, click the “Settings” button and choose to add a new device or access your settings. Visit our step-by-step guide for a full tutorial.

Have additional questions?

Check out our frequently asked questions page to learn more, or contact the OIT Help Desk for help!