Getting Started: How to Set Up MFA
Like other businesses and higher education institutions, the University of Guelph has tools in place to protect its systems and information from cyber threats.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a best-practice security measure for protecting online services. MFA requires users to verify their identity through a second authentication method (e.g., an app or phone call) before logging into a secure system. Sometimes known as two-step verification, MFA adds an extra layer of protection to help prevent others from accessing your accounts.
MFA is required for all students, faculty, and staff when accessing University services through the new Single Sign-on service.
*Important Note* When setting up MFA for the first time:
You will encounter a check box during the MFA set-up process that says, “Allow my organization to manage my device.” The box may be checked by default. This box must be unchecked. Be sure to uncheck the box and instead select “No, sign in to this app only.”
To set up MFA for your account go to:â¯https://aka.ms/mysecurityinfo
Use the resources below to help guide you through the MFA process.
A short video that will guide you through the enrolment process:
If you do not have a mobile device, there are alternative authentication methods to set up MFA. You have the option to use a landline phone from your office or home. Hardware tokens (USBs) are also available to purchase at the bookstore as an alternative to using a mobile device.
Visit the following links to set up MFA with a non-mobile authentication method: