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Starting Nov. 26, Two-Step Login Required to Access Student Essentials and Student Center

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Two-Step Login: password plus proof equals access

To better protect students’ personal data, starting Monday, November 26, 2018, Two-Step Login will be required to access Student Center and Student Essentials. After this date, users who have not enrolled in Two-Step Login will be unable to access these services.

This change will improve the security of students' personal information. Two-Step Login blocks criminals from using stolen Cornell passwords by requiring something they don’t have, such as the user’s cell phone. This makes it much more difficult for intruders to use stolen passwords to access secure campus services.

What Student Users Can Expect

  • Students who already use Two-Step Login to connect to Cornell web resources should be all set. They will be able to connect to Student Center and Student Essentials as they would any other website at Cornell that requires it.
  • Students who have never used Two-Step Login before will need to set up their Two-Step Login account and enroll at least one device to use for the second step of logging in. This can be a mobile phone, tablet, landline, or special hardware token.

How to Get Started

For more information, see Get Started with Two-Step Login.

To set up a Two-Step Login account, go to Manage Your Two-Step Login. After setting up Two-Step Login, new users should test the process by going to Student Center and Student Essentials and logging in. This way they can familiarize themselves with Two-Step Login before needing to perform official tasks.


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