The University of Minnesota provides Duo Security to help students, faculty, and staff protect themselves and the University against cybercrime.

Duo Security (multi-factor authentication) is required at UMN Sign-In pages. The Sign-In page is the University’s gateway to applications such as MyU, G Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc.) Canvas, and many others.

By requiring you to verify your identity with a device, Duo adds another layer of security in front of the information, accounts, and assets you access online (even in the event your password is stolen). Once enrolled, you will be able to deny access to your accounts (on your Duo-enrolled device) if someone else is trying to sign in as you.

The University requires the use of Duo for current students, faculty, staff, person-of-interest (POI) and for accounts that require more secure access.


  • Be prepared and plan ahead! In the event your device is unavailable (forgotten, lost, stolen, broken, dead), enroll backup devices or generate self-service bypass codes today!
  • Use Duo Push: Use a Duo mobile push method on your smarphone to authenticate with Duo two-factor authentication.
  • Please note: Once you have opted into Duo Security at Sign in, it is not possible to opt out.

Getting Started

Get started: Set Up and Use Duo Multi-Factor Authentication

Duo Security uses multi-factor authentication to confirm that the person trying to access your accounts is actually you.

  1. When you visit a secured UMN application, you provide something you know: Your UMN Internet ID and password.
  2. You verify who you are with something you have (your device or phone).
  3. You are granted secure access to the application.