About two-factor authentication

How it works

Once you’ve opted-in to 2FA, logging in to supported services is as simple as accepting the notification on your phone, or entering a PIN from a text message or phone call. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Enter your password as usual
  2. Use your phone to verify your identity
  3. You are securely logged in

Why do I need this?

Passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. They can often be stolen, guessed, or hacked — you could be locked out of your account, or you might not even know someone is accessing it.

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security, keeping your account secure even if your password is compromised. With 2FA, you'll be alerted right away (on your phone) if someone is trying to log in as you.

Need help?

Contact the IST Service Desk at helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca or 519-888-4567 ext. 44357.


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