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Everyone is familiar with the added steps taken to protect personal information when buying gas at the pump or accessing a bank account online. Since account compromise attempts continue, the university has taken an additional step to help safeguard both personal and UF information.

UFIT recently implemented a two-factor authentication process for applications that require a UF web login as well as for logging in to VPN. Faculty and staff may now choose to enroll in the two-factor service by visiting the UF Two-Factor Authentication website. Here’s how two-factor authentication adds a layer of security to the Gatorlink username and password authentication process: After logging in with your Gatorlink username and password, you will now be asked to provide an additional verification. Most people find it convenient to download the mobile app to their smartphone, although other options of authentication are also available. The two-factor authentication process for UF will look familiar to anyone who has used similar methods to access bank accounts, retirement accounts, or other secure online environments.

Questions about two-factor authentication at UF? Contact your department’s IT professional staff, the UF Computing Help Desk (352-392-HELP or helpdesk@ufl.edu), or the UF Health Computing Help Desk (352-265-0526).