MFA-Duo - What if I don't have a Smartphone?

MFA-Duo can be used with a smartphone, tablet, token/fob, or USB security key.

If you don't have access to or don't want to use your mobile device, you can use one of the devices listed below for MFA authentication.

    MFA only supports the U2F authentication method in the Google Chrome browser, so we highly recommend you use the U2F feature as a SECONDARY authentication method and have at least one other device enrolled.

    1. Login to the MFA Portal.

    2. Click Register Token/Fob or USB Security Key.

      MFA Portal token/fob section with two options: register or resynchronize device

    3. Click USB Security Key.

      Selection of three device types: Duo, OTP c100, Security Key

    4. Enter the serial number, found on the back of the USB device. Plug the device into a USB port, and tap the button on the device to enter a six-digit passcode into the field under Step 3.

      Prompt for the USB Security Key serial number which is printed on the back of the device.  Once entered, another prompt requests that you plug in the USB device then tap the button to generate a code into the field

    5. In the lower window, authenticate to duo using your USB token. Then click +Add another device. Select Security Key.

      Prompt for authentication with the USB token
    6. Click Continue to bring up a popup window for enrolling your security key. The key will need to be plugged into a USB port on your computer.

      the options Back and Continue which will appear after selecting Security Key from the device types.

      pop-up window that appears after clicking continue on the previous screen, prompting the user to insert the security key into a USB port and to tap the button.

    7. Tap the button on your device to complete enrollment.


    If run into any issues or have any questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.

    The security key allows MFA-Duo users to insert the security key into the USB port of their computer or laptop to authenticate. This security key requires a reachable USB port, but this security key also works with a laptop or desktop USB to USB-C adaptor. The key is not compatible with mobile devices and only works with laptop or desktop computers. 

    The security key experience is slightly different for the following modes of logging in: 

    See below for details on these modes. 

    Chrome web browser login 

    When logging in to a UW–Madison website or apps using Chrome (version 70 or later), insert the security key into your USB port, select Security Key (U2F) from the device dropdown menu, and lightly touch the impressed sensor button to initiate login. 

    Non-Chrome web browser or local software login

    When logging into a UW–Madison website or app in Firefox or Safari, insert the security key into your USB port. Select Token from the device dropdown menu, and click the "Enter passcode" button to make the passcode input field editable. Then lightly touch the impressed sensor button to insert the passcode in the input field. If you are using a screen reader or other assistive technology, the security key may enter the passcode so quickly you may not hear the full code. The audio cue may only include the last digit of the code. Click the login button to complete authentication, as the full code should have populated the field. 

    (See How to use a Feitian USB Security Key for more details and screenshots on the Chrome web browser login.)  

    How to get a security key

    Faculty and Staff New staff: Get a Feitian security key from your HR representative. Feitian security keys can also be picked up at the Walk-In Help Desk at 1210 W. Dayton Street Madison, WI 53706. Current staff can get a Feitian security key at the Walk-In Help Desk at 1210 W. Dayton Street Madison, WI 53706. 

    Students: Get a token or security key at no charge, at either the Walk-in Help Desk at 1210 W. Dayton St. or the pop-up Help Desks from early September through October 31, 2019. Locations and times for the pop-up Help Desks will be posted on the UW–Madison Events Calendar soon. After October 31, tokens or security keys can be picked up at the Walk-In Help Desk at 1210 W. Dayton St. For other assistance, contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu.  

      See accessibility & usability information

      We work with our users to address access and usability barriers in the MFA user experience. Learn details about known access barriers and workarounds at MFA-Duo - Accessibility & Usability Information. If you encounter a barrier or need assistance, please contact the DoIT Help Desk or call (608) 264-4357.

      For questions regarding how to get access to the MFA mobile app contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu.

      How to get access to a Security Key or Duo Token/Fob 

      Students

      Students can come to the DoIT Help Desk location at 1210 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706 on the first floor of the Computer Science and Statistics Building or at the front desk of Ebling Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) located at 750 Highland Avenue. Students with disabilities can also request a token or security key at the McBurney Disability Resource Center, 702 W. Johnson St., Suite #2104, Madison WI 53751 on the 2nd floor.

      For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu

      Faculty, Staff, and Researchers

      Employees can get access to devices for MFA at their Human Resources Office or IT department. For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu. 

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    See accessibility & usability information

    We work with our users to address access and usability barriers in the MFA user experience. Learn details about known access barriers and workarounds at MFA-Duo - Accessibility & Usability Information. If you encounter a barrier or need assistance, please contact the DoIT Help Desk or call (608) 264-4357.

    For questions regarding how to get access to the MFA mobile app contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu.

    How to get access to a Security Key or Duo Token/Fob 

    Students

    Students can come to the DoIT Help Desk location at 1210 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706 on the first floor of the Computer Science and Statistics Building or at the front desk of Ebling Library, located on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) located at 750 Highland Avenue. Students with disabilities can also request a token or security key at the McBurney Disability Resource Center, 702 W. Johnson St., Suite #2104, Madison WI 53751 on the 2nd floor.

    For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu

    Faculty, Staff, and Researchers

    Employees can get access to devices for MFA at their Human Resources Office or IT department. For questions contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or email help@doit.wisc.edu. 




    Keywords:phone tablet token fob do not want don't can't use prohibited choose choice personal device private alternative smart my own   Doc ID:87582
    Owner:Abrianna B.Group:Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    Created:2018-11-06 14:00 CSTUpdated:2019-08-16 11:08 CST
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
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