1. Duo protects your account and your data. To gain access to your account, an attacker would need your passphrase as well as the physical device you use with Duo. If all the attackers have is your password, they can’t get in. If they somehow obtain your token or smartphone, they would still need your passphrase. In other words, one factor can fail, and the other will still protect you. (At UC Davis, the two primary authentication methods for many applications and websites are CAS and Shibboleth. They require your login and Kerberos passphrase, and provide the first level of sign-in authentication.)
2. Duo protects UC Davis. Duo provides improved security for UC Davis data assets, including accounts, applications and websites.
3. Duo offers flexibility. There are choices in how you can use Duo. You can receive the second password via a free mobile app on your smartphone, a hard token (a small device that typically resembles an electronic key or flash drive), or via a phone call or text.
4. Duo is a simple solution. Duo offers simple integration with other services, and the app offers an easy interface.