Starting in March 2021, the Duo for students requirement will roll out to all student NinerNET accounts. Along with adding an extra layer of security to student accounts, enrollment in Duo will increase student password expiration from every 180 days to 365 days.
Current students will be prompted to enroll in Duo two-factor authentication the next time they reset their NinerNET password (click to enlarge photo at right/below). New students will be guided through Duo enrollment when they activate their NinerNET account.
Everyone at UNC Charlotte uses a NinerNET account to access University single sign-on services like Canvas. Duo two-factor authentication requires each person to confirm their identity in addition to knowing the account password.
Duo ensures that even if someone correctly guesses your password, they still can't access your account without something you have (like a phone or tablet).
Cyberattack attempts targeting faculty and staff accounts fell dramatically after they enrolled in Duo in 2019. Still, student accounts are compromised every month. Nearly 60,000 students and recent graduates will enroll this year following guidance provided by the UNC System (UNC Policy Manual and Code, section 1400.3).
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