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Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is now available to assist UT employees and students with strengthening the security of their university accounts.

With 2FA you verify your identity using two sources: something you know, which is your NetID and password, and something you have, which is a smartphone or passcode.

These two factors work together to make it much less likely that your account is hacked.

For now, 2FA is available on a voluntary basis, but starting this fall it will be required for all employees and students.

As an incentive, anyone who signs up for 2FA and then changes their NetID password to a new one with 12 to 16 characters will never have it expire.

Canvas, MyUTK, Zoom, K@TE, and MyIRIS are some of the systems now protected by 2FA. Future systems that will use 2FA include email, Google apps, and the campus’s virtual private network (VPN).

To learn more about how to activate 2FA on your UT account, visit the Office of Information Technology’s 2FA information page or call the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900.