The University has been protecting the accounts of our users with the help of Duo Security’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) since 2016. This August, we will be moving forward with the next step in our effort to safeguard University accounts by enabling Duo 2FA for all former students starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022.
What does this mean for former students?
By enabling two-factor, even if one would fall victim to a phishing attempt, the offenders will not be able to access your email, documents, or personal information without also having that person’s Duo-enrolled device to approve the authentication. This requirement for two-factor authentication will also prevent the offenders from setting up rules in your email account to continue spreading their phishing messages to other unsuspecting recipients.
What do former students need to do?
Simply, we need all former students to verify that they are enrolled with Duo and if they are not, to enroll in Duo before August 1, 2022. We suggest they download the Duo Mobile app from their smartphone’s app store before they try and set up Duo. Then go to smu.edu/duo and click the Enroll Your Device button. For a complete walk-thru, please visit smu.edu/duo.
What if a former student doesn’t set up Duo?
Only accounts set up with Duo 2FA will be able to access services such as Webmail and my.SMU. So, we encourage all former students to enroll their devices before August 1, 2022.