Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication
On November 3, 2021, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be added to faculty Office 365 accounts. This means you will not be able to get into your Office 365 account (college email account, Word, Excel, PowerPoint OneDrive) without setting an authentication device. This helps prevent cybercriminals, hackers, and “bad actors” from gaining access to your personal information.
Don’t get caught unaware! Take five minutes to enroll now on your schedule.
MFA is easy – just sign in, verify, and get access!
https://www.minnstate.edu/mfa and follow the instructions to set up and activate multi-factor authentication for yourself.
What is MFA?
MFA is a method of authentication requiring more than one verification method and adds a second layer of security to user sign-ins and transactions. It works by requiring you to log in and then use one of these verification methods:
- A randomly generated passcode or use of an authenticator app
- A phone call and press of the # key are needed to verify
For assistance with enrolling:
- Attend a help session via Zoom, and an IT representative will lead you through the process
Zoom Help Session Schedule
Zoom sessions are available for help with enrolling in MFA.
- Contact the
IT Help Desk or 651.846.1440
Frequently Asked Questions
What is multi-factor authentication?
Multi-factor authentication is a powerful security tool to help you protect your accounts. It creates layered protection that requires users to sign in using more than one verification method, which helps prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your personal information.
How do I complete the setup process?
Follow the directions found here:
Do I have to use my personal smartphone to verify my sign-in?
No, you do not have to use your personal smartphone for verification. You can set multi-factor authentication to verify through several methods, including your office or home phone.
If I don't have a smartphone, how do I verify my sign-in?
Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can still use multi-factor authentication. Enroll using your office or personal phone and receive a call or text with a verification code for sign-in.