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Enroll in Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-Factor authentication (2FA) is one of the best ways to protect against stolen passwords, phishing scams, and other attempts to take over your online accounts and steal your data.

What are the benefits of using 2FA?

While passwords and user IDs provide one layer of protection against those looking to steal data, a security measure called 2FA can offer an additional layer of security. Because 2FA uses two methods of authentication to verify your identity, it offers more than one layer of protection against the sophisticated tactics of cyber criminals and, therefore, makes Penn State information and your online identity less vulnerable to theft.

How does it work?

After you enroll in 2FA, when you log in to WebAccess—Penn State’s online authentication system that protects WebMail, ANGEL, Canvas, the Employee Self-Service Information Center (ESSIC), and more—you will enter your Penn State user ID (i.e., xyz5000) and password (something you know) as usual, and then use your smartphone or another device (something you have) to verify your identity.

How do I enroll?

At Penn State, faculty and staff are required to enroll in and use 2FA to log in to WebAccess. Students can choose to enroll in 2FA using your smartphone, mobile phone, landline phone, or tablet.