Students who want to purchase a two-factor authentication hardware alternative to the free Duo Mobile smart phone app can visit any Barnes & Noble bookstore starting today (March 5).
All students on all WVU campuses will have to use two-factor authentication to access WVU IT systems starting in August 2018, but you can get ahead of the curve and enroll now. One caution for the classroom: Some instructors don't currently allow phones in their classes. Before enrolling, make sure your professors know what you're doing _ and wait until the last day of classes (April 27) if there's a problem.
The Duo display token, which generates a one-time code at the push of a button, will retail for $24.98. The Yubikey, which requires a USB port and works only with the Chrome browser, will retail for $19.98. ITS walk-up support locations at the Mountainlair and in G-49 of Brooke Tower also carry these devices.
Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your password. It requires you to confirm your identity with two things - something you KNOW and something you HAVE. Essentially, it's no different than a physical key to a door or the PIN for your bank card: If you want access to something WVU considers important, you have to prove it's you to gain that access.
You'll find enrollment instructions, a demonstration video, a helpful FAQ and more at twofactor.wvu.edu.