Information Security - Secure Access - Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
With two-factor authentication (2FA), you need two 'keys' to access your information and data. This is because you log in using:
- something you know (your Solis password); and
- something you possess (e.g. your smartphone).
Systems or certain applications sometimes contain data that should not be accessible to others, such as personal data, research data, test results or bank account numbers. The use of a password alone offers insufficient protection in this case, as hackers are increasingly using new and smarter methods to guess passwords. For example, they may try out an obvious password on as many accounts as possible instead of attacking one account using different passwords.
UU is therefore securing data with two-factor authentication (2FA) to provide additional security. Two-factor authentication is more secure than just using a password, as access to an account cannot be obtained simply by finding out a password. You need two things to access your information and data: you log in using both something you know (your Solis-id and password) and something you have (such as your smartphone). If a hacker has managed to discover your password, it will be much harder to take advantage of it because he does not have your second factor.
In these videos, we show you:
- What two-factor authentication is (turn on subtitles)
- How to set it up
- How to use it (example)
How do I set it up?
Visit mysolisid.uu.nl (UU's Solis ID portal). Here you'll be taken through setting up 2FA for your account step by step. The number of services compatible with 2FA is still limited at the moment, but this is growing all the time. You only need to set up your two-factor authentication once.
Frequently asked questions and help
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