According to a recent article in The Lantern, Duo authentication will be coming to Carmen in just over a month.
The Office of Distance Education and eLearning announced on Friday that starting Oct. 11, students will be required to complete the BuckeyePass authentication process to access Carmen after submitting their login information.
This might seem like a good step toward having more secure connections to Carmen, just like we do with Buckeyelink, but if you’ve ever had to log in to Buckeyelink multiple times in a day or a week, you know just how annoying it is to have to wait 10 seconds for a phone call or enter some passcode. I know it’s a first-world problem, but now it’s my first-world problem.
What will we do? The legions of us that have Carmen as our landing page on Google Chrome will now have to go through the annoyance of Duo just to see how bad we’re doing in all our classes! I think this is grounds for skipping next week’s discussion board assignment, honestly.
All jokes aside, though, the idea behind this is that the information stored and shown on Carmen is personal, and should be protected. Maybe you logged into Carmen on a former-friend-turned-mortal-enemy’s laptop one time and now they have the power to expose your grades to the world. But with Duo, they won’t have that power, because if they try to log in, they’ll need access through your phone.
There are a few other worries with this, though: say an instructor has a class assignment on Carmen but one of their students’ phones is dead. Most classrooms have power outlets and most people have one of two types of phone chargers, but that’s beside the point. Are we really going to force fellow students to *gasp* ask to use someone else’s phone charger? Just to access Carmen?
Anyways, be on the lookout for the change in about a month, as the article says this change will be effective starting Oct. 11/
Photo courtesy of Amal Saeed/The Lantern.