Duo two-step login is now available for students. Learn more and enroll in Duo.

What is it?

Two-step login, powered by Duo, protects your OSU account by verifying your identity with two forms of ID:

  • Something you know, such as your password.
  • Something you have, such as a passcode, a phone, or even a mobile app.

Some services, like your bank or healthcare portal refer to this as two-step authentication, two-step verification, multifactor authentication, or login verification.

Why do I want it?

By protecting your OSU account with Duo, you can reduce the risk of someone gaining access to your personal information.

Strong passwords are essential, but they aren't enough anymore. Phishing attacks and data breaches put your account at risk. Duo provides extra security for your OSU Account with two-step login.

Do I have to use it?

While Duo enrollment is not currently mandatory for student accounts, you must have Duo two-step login enabled on your account in order to access things like tax forms and your financial aid.

Duo will become mandatory for student accounts during the 2019-2020 academic year. More information on this timeline will be available soon.

Please note, Canvas does not require Duo if you go directly to Canvas at canvas.oregonstate.edu.