What’s the Difference Between Duo and Google 2-Step Verification?


Learn about the difference between Duo and Google 2-Step Verification.



UAH utilizes two services for multi-factor authentication (MFA): Duo and Google 2-Step Verification.

While these MFA services are similar in how they use a secondary authentication method to verify your identity, they are not interchangeable.

How Do I Know Which MFA Service to Use?

For any Single Sign-On-enabled systems like Canvas and myUAH, Duo is required. For any Google Workspace products like Gmail and Drive, you will use Google 2-Step Verification. See the table below for more examples.


  • myUAH
  • Banner
  • Canvas
  • And more

Google 2-Step Verification

  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs, Slides, Sheets

Still Need Help?

If you have additional questions about Duo and Google 2-Step Verification, please contact the OIT Help Desk.



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