FAQ - Multi-factor / two-factor authentication (MFA/2FA)

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication (2FA)? 

Multi-factor authentication is an authentication method in which a user is granted access to a system only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence to an authentication mechanism. Two-factor authentication, also called two-step verification, is a type of multi-factor authentication that verifies two factors of identity. MFA and 2FA provide an extra layer of protection that is used to aid in the security of online accounts beyond just a username and password.

What is Microsoft Authenticator?

Microsoft Authenticator is an app for mobile devices that sends push notifications or generates time-based codes used during the Two-Step Verification process.  

What are the benefits of using MFA/2FA?

MFA/2FA improves the security of your College account(s) by requiring a second form of identification.

I have my mobile device with me but no access to the Internet or phone calls - what can I do?

The Microsoft Authenticator app generates a six-digit code every minute that can be entered on the authentication page and does not require an Internet connection to use.

How will logging into PBSC web services differ using MFA/2FA?

After you correctly enter your username and password for PBSC services, students, faculty, and staff will be prompted to authenticate using the set up authentication methods - e.g, phone call, mobile app, etc.

Am I required to enroll in MFA/2FA?

All current students, faculty, and staff are required to enroll in MFA/2FA.

How do I enroll in MFA/2FA?

To enroll in MFA/2FA you will need a PC and a mobile device. Click here for instructions on how to enroll in MFA/2FA.

What versions of iOS and Android does the Microsoft Authenticator app support?

Microsoft Authentication is compatible with iOS 9.0 or later. For Android, the version varies with the device.

How do I change my MFA/2FA verification methods?

You can change your MFA/2FA authentication methods at any time by accessing your profile.  You can find more information by clicking here.

What can I do if I don't have my device with me to log in to the Microsoft Authenticator app?

We recommend configuring MFA/2FA for multiple devices.  The Microsoft Authenticator app can be installed and configured on multiple devices.

I have a new phone with the same phone number, how do I set up this phone using MFA/2FA?

If MFA/2FA was previously set up to call your phone number

  1. Navigate to your profile here
  2. Click "sign in using a different method", then choose the phone call option to access your profile.
  3. Once logged in, click on "Add Method"  to set up the app authentication method again on your new phone.

If you are still unable to set up MFA/2FA, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk.

I have a new phone with a different phone number, how do I set up this phone using MFA/2FA?

If MFA/2FA was previously set up on a separate device (e.g tablets) that it is currently in use, 

  1. Navigate to your profile here
  2. Click "sign in using a different method", then choose the device that you still have access to.
  3. Once logged in, click on "Add Method" to set up the app authentication method or phone call option again on the new phone.

If you are still unable to set up MFA/2FA, you will need to contact the IT Service Desk.

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Article ID: 83976
Created
Mon 7/29/19 3:35 PM
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Wed 8/28/19 1:31 PM