Duo Two-Factor Authentication

Duo is a two-factor authentication (2FA) service that adds an extra layer of security to protect Kenyon’s data. 

Just like an ATM card, 2FA secures an account by requiring two factors of ID verification before you can log in:
  • Something you know (such as your password)
  • Something you have (such as a smartphone or verification code)
Duo won’t stop you from revealing your password to a phisher. (Only you can do that.) And if your password gets out, Duo doesn’t prevent someone else from attempting to log into your account. 

However, if a Kenyon system is protected with Duo, no one can use your username and password (something that you know) to log into that system unless they can also have the second factor that you’ve enrolled with Duo (something that you have).

How Duo Works
Duo works inline with vpn.kenyon.edu and websites behind Kenyon's single sign-on (SSO) portal to secure your account. Once you enroll with Duo, you’ll still sign into these websites using your Kenyon username and password. After that, Duo will prompt you to provide a second means of verification in order to enter vpn.kenyon.edu. You can choose to have Duo remember you for up to 10 hours on the same computer.

When you enroll with Duo, you can select among several verification options.  

If you have a smartphone, the most secure option is to receive push notifications from the Duo Mobile app. Download Duo Mobile for free from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

If you don’t own a smartphone, you can sign up to have Duo call your mobile phone or send you a text message for login confirmation.

For more information about Duo, see our Duo FAQ.

Enroll with Duo Now
If you're new to Kenyon, enroll with Duo now. It takes two minutes. Here's how:
  1. If you plan to use the Duo Mobile app, download to your smartphone from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. On a computer, log into https://vpn.kenyon.edu using your Kenyon username and password.
  3. Follow the onscreen prompts to enroll your phone.
See our detailed Duo enrollment guide for specific details about each verification option.

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