What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

Aimed at:  Edinburgh Napier’s staff & students

The University is adding an extra layer of security for staff and students logging in to Office 365 accounts, by implementing a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solution - find out more about the Project.

Multi-Factor authentication provides an additional "second factor" layer of security by adding an extra step to the Office 365 login process, requiring you to confirm your identity.

This extra step makes it significantly more difficult for an attacker to access your account, even if they manage to discover your username and password.

MFA Image

MFA can be configured in the following ways:

 

      MFA Authenticator ImageA push notification through the Microsoft Authenticator iOS or Android app.  This is the most secure and convenient method and is recommended by Information Services.  The app can also work offline by generating a 6 digit code.  

 
  MFA phone imageA text message to your phone, containing a 6 digit code.  This option is intended for those without a device capable of installing the Authenticator app and has more limited functionality.

 

If you use mobile banking you will most likely have come across Multi-Factor Authentication already – you may need to enter your login details and then use your device to generate a code to verify your identity and give you access to your account. 

 

 

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