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One Step Ahead: Two-Step Verification–Duo Push is the Way to Go!

Another tip in a series provided by the Offices of Information Security, Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy

Two-Step Verification provides an added layer of protection for your data when you visit PennKey-protected websites. Duo Push makes it faster and easier than ever to activate that extra protection with just the tap of a button on your mobile phone—without the need to type out a texted SMS code, or to step through a klunky voice call. Since SMS code delivery can sometimes be delayed by your phone carrier’s network, Duo Push also serves as a swift and reliable method to bypass an extended wait for an SMS text code.

Setting up Duo Push notification is easy. Using a desktop computer or a laptop, sign into your Two-Step Verification profile at, then:

  • Click the “Manage Settings” button to go to your Two-Step Verification settings. (You may be prompted to log in with your PennKey)
  • Click the “Enroll in Duo Push” button under the Quick Links, then follow the onscreen instructions to enroll in Duo Push. 

As a part of the setup and configuration, a push notification will be sent to your mobile device. Please be sure to accept this inaugural push by selecting “Approve” in the Duo Mobile application, which will complete your configuration of the Duo Mobile app. 

Then enjoy the ease of push notifications!

Pro tip: Only accept pushes that you initiate. If you receive a Duo Push that you didn’t initiate, this indicates that your PennKey password has likely been compromised. Change your PennKey password immediately and contact your local computing support for additional assistance.

For more information on Two-Step verification view these web pages: 

For additional tips, see the One Step Ahead link on the Information Security website:

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