Let's Duo this!

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This week's Quick Byte is about how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Prevention's not glamorous, so we don't usually waste your blogging time on it. But this time, trust me!

Phishing attacks have doubled in the past year at University of Minnesota.

Keeping your identity safe is a worry for everyone. If you haven’t been a victim of a phishing scam or another form of password theft, you likely know someone who has. These attacks are increasingly sophisticated, difficult to recognize, and hard to guard against!

The University of Minnesota is now offering Duo Two-Factor Protection to help you keep your W2 and Direct Deposit information more secure should your password get stolen.

And guess what--some of those attacks have resulted in bank accounts being changed for direct deposit, and tax information used to file tax returns. This actually happens. I know Halloween is over, but that's still some scary stuff!!

Opt in 

There are a number of steps in the Duo Two Factor Protection opt-in process, but step-by-step instructions will guide you through and it will take less than 10 minutes. The small inconvenience of opting in becomes worth it when you consider the incredible headache of having your W2 and Direct Deposit information stolen. If you like, you can also review how Duo Two Factor Protection works after you’ve opted in.

I have opted into this service, and I strongly encourage you to do the same. If you have any questions, please reach out to the friendly staff at the Technology Help service desk. They would be pleased to help you.

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