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University Systems has implemented Duo Security as our multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution for the campus community. This service is available from October 18, 2021 for any active students, faculty, or staff to enable on their Netlink account for enhanced security of their personal information.

  • Simple: Only two taps for a safer login
  • Fast: Self-enroll in minutes
  • Secure: Your account is protected by a unique factor in addition to your password

Why is the university implementing MFA?

If your Netlink username and password are compromised someone can login to all the same services and resources as you can. Multi-factor authentication provides a second layer of security, requiring you to have your password and a second form of authentication in order to access your applications. This can protect user logins even if your username and password are stolen. At UVic we have chosen Duo Security as the provider of the MFA solution and the Duo Mobile app as the preferred second factor. 

What is Duo Mobile app?

The Duo Mobile app is the easiest way to perform two-step login on your account.

Read more about Duo Mobile or watch the following video to see how easy it is to use it.

Who is Duo Security and what will they have access to?

Duo Security is the product that UVic has chosen to provide MFA services to faculty, staff, and students.

Upon enrolment, Duo Security is provided with your name, email, and Netlink ID. They do not have access to your passphrase and all data is stored in Canada. If you choose to enroll your mobile device by using a phone number Duo will store that information as well.

Can UVic access my phone with the Duo app?

UVic has no access to the data stored on your phone if you choose to use the Duo Mobile app.

What permission(s) on my phone are required for the Duo Mobile App?

Information about this can be found on https://help.duo.com/s/article/4683?language=en_US

How does MFA work?

This YouTube video illustrates how Duo Security MFA sign up works and how to use it daily to authenticate your account using a mobile device. The signup takes just a few minutes and you can use any modern mobile device as a second factor.  

How do I sign up for it?

Please read and agree to the current terms of service prior to using UVic MFA. 

Sign up for UVic MFA