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Adam Dodson

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 The University of Alabama is set to begin running a new authentication system designed to better protect students online.  The program, known as DUO, is a two-factor authentication system that goes beyond the current system set up on MyBama and Crimson Email.  

DUO not only requires students to enter their email and password, but also requires another form of authentication with something a student may have, such as another device or passcode.

“By requiring DUO for all University of Alabama students, we can better protect sensitive student data, precious research data and ultimately the UA community,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, executive VP and provost.  “Two-factor authentication is quickly becoming the new standard in data protection.”

The resolution to implement DUO was passed by the Student Government Association in the fall semester of last year and will be required by all students on Oct. 2 of this year.

Interested students can activate their DUO account before then by visiting duo.ua.edu and will enable the authentication system both MyBama and Crimson Email.  Students must follow the online screen prompts and download the DUO mobile app to completely set up your account.  For more information, contact the Office of Information Technology at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

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