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Changes to Login and Two-Step Authentication

On March 30, 2018, University IT changed login and two-step authentication services to make them more usable, more reliable, and easier to maintain. Login and two-step authentication look a bit different but they are still simple to use. 

Heads up! Several two-step authentication methods have also changed.  Authentication by printed list ended on March 30, and authentication by SMS (text message) is no longer recommended. University IT has several simple and reliable alternatives for these two methods.
Changes to login screen

On March 30, the web address for login changed from to You will be automatically redirected to the new web address.

The new login screen will look and function very much like the current login screen, with these exceptions:

  1. The text at the top of the page will say "Stanford | Login" instead of "Stanford | WebLogin."
  2. The help link text will say Login Help instead of WebLogin Help.
  3. The Forgot Your Password? link will appear on the initial login screen. This link lets you change your password on the Stanford University Accounts website without logging in. Before March 30, this link only appears after a failed login attempt.

The checkbox currently labeled "I use this machine regularly" and located just above the Login button will be removed.

New login screen:

Image of new login page with arrows showing changes

Changes to two-step authentication screens
Note: Some legacy applications that have not yet migrated may require two-step authentication twice on and after March 30; you may also see the old Duo interface when using these applications.

For websites and applications that require two-step authentication, a revised two-step authentication screen will be embedded within the login screen. This screen includes:

  1. A Stanford logo.
  2. A "Device" drop-down menu that lists the devices you use for two-step authentication. The green buttons list your authentication methods.
  3. A checkbox that will remember your two-step authentication for 90 days.

New two-step authentication screen:

Image of two-step page with arrows showing changes

If you choose a Push as an authentication method, the Login Request sent to your device now has a Stanford tree logo (as of March 15). On March 30, the text beneath the logo will  change from "Isdb Auth API" to "Two-Step."

New Push notification:

Image of Duo Push login request screen

Alternatives to printed list two-step authentication
As of March 30, 2018, you can no longer request a printed list for two-step authentication. If you use a printed list to authenticate, choose one of these simple and reliable alternatives:
  • If you need to authenticate without an internet connection, cellular connection, and/or a mobile device:
  • If you can authenticate with a smartphone or tablet, Duo Push is the recommended method; it is quick, simple, and secure.
Alternatives to SMS two-step authentication
University IT does not recommend using SMS for two-step authentication, because the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has reported that SMS authentication is less secure than other two-step authentication options. If you authenticate using SMS, consider changing to Duo Push. This recommended method is quick, simple, and secure. You can review other ways to authenticate on the Two-Step Authentication website.

You can change your authentication options on the Stanford University Accounts website. Choose the Manage button and the Two-Step Auth tab.

How to use a hardware token for two-step authentication
If you can't use a device or a phone for two-step authentication, you can use a hardware token. Learn how to use a hardware token.
How to use Duo Mobile Push or Passcode for two-step authentication
The Duo Mobile Push notification is a fast and easy two-step authentication method that requires a smartphone or tablet. The Duo Mobile Passcode is a good option if you don't have an internet or cellular connection on your device.
Help and FAQs
Review our Login and Two-Step Authentication FAQ webpage for answers to frequently asked questions. If you need help with login or two-step authentication, please submit a Help ticket.
Last modified April 5, 2018