DePaul University Information Services > Security > Tools & Downloads > Two Factor Authentication

Why use Two-Factor Authentication:

Many organizations protect logins with a username and password.  Entering these two pieces of information grants access to company databases, email accounts, and other sensitive information.  However, passwords are notoriously insecure.  Users tend to choose weak passwords which can be easily guessed or cracked.  Attackers routinely trick people into revealing their passwords and sniff insecure networks (i.e. coffee shops) to obtain passwords. Malware can capture passwords and send them over the network to attackers. Furthermore, it can be near impossible to tell who has access to your accounts, or even if anyone is accessing them illegally.  It has become clear that passwords are not enough for protecting important logins.

The best way to strengthen a login is to require a second factor after the username/password stage.  Two-factor authentication allows you to verify your identity using a second factor (i.e. phone, token, etc) in addition to providing your username and password when logging into your account.   

DePaul is implementing a two factor solution in order to add an extra layer of security to our community's data.  With two-factor authentication enabled, an attacker can obtain the password from a victim but it will be useless because they do not have the second form of authentication.  

First Time Setup:

To get started, please refer to the section titled "Setup Your Device" and follow the link.  Once you have enrolled your device, you need to configure your VPN client to use two factor authentication.  If you need assistance, start by following the PDF that is located under each section. 

1. Setup Your Device:
This section is for users who need to setup their devices for the first-time.  Download the PDF for step-by-step instructions.  Start by following the link below.

2. Configure Datacenter VPN to use two factor authentication: 

Download the PDF for step-by-step instructions.  You will need to have the Aventail VPN installed and working on your machine.


Manage/Add Devices:

This section is for users who need to manage or add new devices.  Please follow the instructions in the PDF. To get started follow the link

Please visit the FAQ page or call the Help Desk for any further assistance.