Is Duo Push an inconvenience or a necessary safety measure? — Sonoma State Star

Imagine this: you’re already late for class when you realize you forgot to print out an assignment due today. You book it at Lib, grab a computer and log into Canvas. Until you’re stopped with that good old Duo Push. You grab your phone and it’s dead.

If you’re new here, Duo Push is a new two-factor security measure that Sonoma State has put in place to supposedly protect staff and student accounts from hackers. Although the thought and effort are there, this security measure turns out to be more aggravating than helpful.

Basically, the Duo Push app lets you verify every login on your Sonoma State account. Although it may not sound terrible, several unnecessary steps are required each time you log in, even if you are already logged in on a different platform.

The biggest complaint students had with Duo Push was that you had to verify yourself on the mobile app. These days, most websites that use two-factor authentication have ways that make it easier for the user to verify themselves while still ensuring security. Duo Push forcing the user to open the app and verify through their server is just infuriating.

On top of all that, if you happen to forget your mobile device at home or it’s dead and you can’t charge it, forget to log in to Canvas. If you get caught in this dilemma, the IT help desk provides a unique code to use.

The general consensus of students regarding Duo Push is that it is impractical and not worth it. Damien Wall, a young earth science student, said: “So useless, you tell me if my phone is dead, I can’t do my homework.”

Graduate student Isaiah Usher said, “It’s awful God. If these are the responses of multiple students, it’s easy to assume that most students are probably feeling the same way.

Two-factor authentications are becoming more and more common across all platforms. However, most of these authentications make it easier to verify yourself while only requiring the use of a single device. The fact that Duo Push needs the second device to verify your authentication wastes valuable time and energy. The alternative to Duo Push would be a simpler two-factor authentication program. This would ensure that students who want that extra security get it, and those who don’t.

Although Duo Push seems like a widely hated new change, a few students seemed to like the added security of the program. Jon Burgess, a third-year commerce student, said, “Duo is incredibly annoying when you need quick access to your Sonoma account, but the rest of the time I don’t mind because I usually have my phone next to me. me.” He continued, “Modern one-step passwords are very weak, and I appreciate that all my valuable information is safe and accessible only by myself with two-step authentication.”

Another student, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I had my Yahoo email account hacked last year and since then I’ve been very aware of my accounts and use Duo for all my accounts. compatible.”

Everyone appreciates having the ability to choose the way they like to do things. Some don’t mind using Duo Push, some love it and use it for other accounts, and some people hate it. With all the different feelings associated with this new way of connecting, you’d think it would be simple to let students choose whether to use Duo Push or not.

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