There are many different ways to verify your identity using two-step verification - choose the one that's right for you! Your options may vary from service to service.
Faculty, Staff, and PhD Students
Contact your IT Support Representative for the best option to use with two-step verification.
Two-Step Methods: Key
Push Notifications - The best balance between security & convenience, just approve the push notification to sign-in!
Authenticator App - Use virtually any app available -- this method generates a code every 30 seconds that you'll need to manually enter.
Physical Security Key - No need for a phone, just keep the FOB on your keychain for easy two-step verification on the go!
Voice or Text Message - The least secure form of two-step verification, receive a code via text or voice message. Make sure you have cell reception!
Two-Step Methods: Comparison
|Authenticator App||Physical Security Key:|
|Physical Security Key:||Voice or Text Message|
(e.g. #1 - most secure)
|Usable w/o network?|
|Usable w/o cellular?|
|Usable w/o a phone?|
|How to use||Approve a notification||1) Open an app|
2) Copy & paste a code
|Type in a 6-digit code||1) Plug-in via USB|
2) Tap the key
|1) Receive a text|
2) Type in a code
(i.e. Duo Mobile)
|$15 purchase**||$40 purchase||N/A|
*See the Before You Start section about push notifications in our Two-Step Verification (Google Accounts) article.
**Pennkey security keys (a.k.a. SafeID FOBs) must be purchased through Penn Computer Connection at the UPenn Bookstore.
Students - Wharton Computing Student Support
Faculty - Academic Distributed Representatives
Staff - Administrative Support