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How to setup Multi-factor Authentication

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an online application.

A factor in authentication is a way of confirming your identity when you try to sign in. For example, a password is one kind of factor; it's a thing you know. The three most common kinds of factors are:

Something you know - Like a password, or a memorized PIN
Something you have - Like a smartphone, or a secure USB key.
Something you are - Like a fingerprint, or facial recognition.

Setting up Multi-factor Authentication

Click Next if you have already downloaded the Authenticator application. If you have not, there is a link that will direct you to your mobile carrier’s application store.

You will be prompted to set up Microsoft Authenticator. Make sure the application is open on your mobile device. Click Next.

On your mobile device, click on “+” icon on the top right-side of your screen and select “work or school account.” Select “Scan QR code.”

Scan the QR code that’s prompted on your computer with your smartphone device. Click Next.

You will be prompted to approve the notification by matching a number shown on your computer to your authenticator application on your smartphone device.

Once, your Authenticator application is set up. Click Next.

Set up a number where you can receive a One-time passcode via text or call. Note that this is for redundancy purposes. Your primary method of authentication will be the Authenticator application. You will not be locked out even if you are overseas. For more questions, please contact

Next, we need to set up an application password. This method of authentication is also a form of redundancy purposes. Choose name and save the password in a secure location.

Once everything is set up you should be prompted with the screen below. Thank you for keeping your account secure from threat actors!

Updated on: 05/19/2023

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