Ohio University

Multi-Factor Authentication


Multi-factor authentication protects your login from lost or stolen passwords by adding a verification step to your OHIO login. Depending on your role at the university and the systems or data you have access to, you may be asked to use multi-factor authentication when signing into those systems.



  • Verifies your login via mobile app, passcode, or automated phone call.
  • "Remember me for 30 days" option for frequently used browsers and devices.
  • Manage your devices from the login page for any multi-factor enabled service.
  • Option to enable multi-factor for all services that use the standard OHIO login page.
  • Because a successful multi-factor login requires both a correct password and access to a specific mobile device or telephone, it makes it much harder for a cyber attacker to use a lost or stolen password to access your account.

Duo Mobile App

  • The preferred way to verify your logins.
  • Free for iOS, Apple Watch, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.
  • Push verification works on wi-fi or cellular networks. Uses very little data (less than 2k per push).
  • Passcodes can be generated even when offline. Generating a passcode uses no data.
  • Minimal battery usage and app size (less than 10 MB).

Hardware Token

  • Keychain-sized device for generating passcodes.
  • Convenient option if you do not have a mobile device.
  • Available for purchase from the Bobcat Depot.

Automated Phone Calls/Texts

  • Fallback way to verify logins if your phone/tablet does not support the Duo Mobile app.
  • The university is billed for each automated call or text message. If you must use this method, please check "Remember me for 30 days" and limit your usage to 5 calls/messages per month. 


  • Faculty, staff, emeriti, and students.

How to Request

  • FACULTY AND STAFF: Multi-factor authentication is required for most core University online services, including My Personal Information. The first time you try to log into a protected service, the login page will step you through enrolling in multi-factor authentication.
  • STUDENTS: You can opt into using multi-factor authentication for My OHIO Student Center and Office 365 by following the directions on the multi-factor enrollment page.
    • If you are a current or former student employee, you will need to be on campus to enroll. If you have never worked for the university, you can enroll from either on or off campus.