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Two-Step Setup Instructions

Please read Two-Step Login Overview before beginning these steps.

To set up two-step login, you must "enroll" the device(s) you want to use for secondary verification. Before you begin the enrollment process, decide which option you want to use. If you're not sure which option is best for you, check with the IT Service Desk at (207) 725-3030 or x3030.

  • Option 1: Use an app - The app is called Duo Mobile and it is free to download. It is available for Apple iOS (including Apple Watch), Google Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 8.1 and 10. 
  • Option 2: Receive a text message - This option will work on any phone or device that can receive text (SMS) messages. No downloads or installations are required. If you are not sure whether your device can receive SMS messages, contact the servicedesk@bowdoin.edu.
  • Option 3: Receive a phone call - This option is supported on all phones including land-lines.

To begin the enrollment process

1. Log in to https://MySecurity.bowdoin.edu while on the Bowdoin network. For more information see "Two-step enrollment with MySecurity" under the Related Articles section on the right.

2. At the Protect Your Bowdoin College Account screen, click Start setup.

3. Continue the enrollment process using the steps in the Enrollment Guide. The screens in the Enrollment Guide use a fictional company called Acme to guide you through each step. Two-step login is called "two-factor authentication" in the Enrollment Guide, they are different terms for the same thing.

NOTE: The Bowdoin setup screens have a smaller box than displayed in the linked documentation. Because of this, you will need to scroll up and down inside the box in order to see the Next and Continue buttons.

4. When you finish enrolling one device, follow the instructions for enrolling a second device as a backup.

IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend that you enroll more than one device for secondary verification. If you enroll only your smartphone and you do not have access to your smartphone, you will NOT be able to log in to Workday. There is no easy way for IT to bypass secondary verification once you set it up. It is significantly more complicated than resetting a password. 

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