Tech Talk 04.07 Two Step Login, Skype, Zoom for Business

Matt Klein

Two-Step Login protects your information

A change is coming to Workday on April 20 that will better protect the personal information of members of the Cornell community. Starting April 20, Cornell will require you to use Two-Step Login to access these Workday tasks:

  • Tax forms
  • Payment elections (direct deposit)
  • Address changes
  • Changes to dependents
  • I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification form)

Two-Step Login adds an extra verification step when you use your NetID and password to log into university websites and services. Many Cornell faculty and staff are already using it, and more are signing up every day.

Why Two-Step Login? It blocks people from using stolen NetID passwords by requiring something they don’t have: something else no one but you would have, like your phone (the one on your desk or the one in your pocket). It’s the same technology many of us use in settings outside Cornell – for online banking, Google apps, Twitter, Amazon, and LinkedIn ­– to name a few.

If you don’t already use Two-Step Login, sign up now. There’s no need to wait till April 20. And give serious consideration to using Two-Step Login for more than just those few Workday tasks. You can choose to expand Two-Step Login to protect your NetID password with most university services.

Once you’re signed up, you’ll be prompted for Two-Step Login ONLY when the service you’re using requires it. Just a keypress on a phone call, a tap on an app, or typing a unique number into the login screen, and you’re good to go. 

Find out more about Two-Step Login:

Tech training spotlight 

Using Skype and Zoom: The two-hour hands-on Skype for Business & Zoom Basics training session scheduled for May 18, 10 a.m.-noon, at 120 Maple Ave, training room 150, is intended to give participants an overview of the Skype for Business and Zoom communication tools. At the end of the session, participants will be able to evaluate when to use which tool to connect with others as well as use the fundamental features in each program. Register now: $59.

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