MFA: Decisions before setting up multifactor authentication (MFA)


What decisions are necessary before setting up multifactor authentication (MFA)?


You will need to decide what additional method to use to verify your identity.  You may choose the same authentication option multiple times.  As an example, you can configure multiple phone numbers to receive SMS text messages or phone calls.


  • Configure at least two options for your account
  • Use the Mobile App with a Notification option if possible
  • Faculty & Staff: Ensure your office extension is configured to receive phone calls,

Authentication Options:




Mobile App with a Notification You will receive a notification on the Microsoft Authenticator app on your smart phone or tablet.  
Mobile App with a Verification Code You will receive a verification code from the Microsoft Authenticator app to enter during the login process.  
Mobile Phone SMS Text You will receive an SMS text message on your mobile device containing a 6-digit temporary code to enter during the login process. 
Phone Call You will receive an automated phone call to your phone. Answer the call and follow the instructions provided in the call to verify the  authentication.  

Next Steps:

After you have decided which verification method you plan to use, proceed to configure MFA on your account.  If you have used MFA before, proceed to reconfigure MFA authentication settings.

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