What is multi-factor authentication?

You will probably have come across multi-factor authentication already when doing online banking or online shopping. For example, you would login to these services as normal with a username and password and then use a device such as your smartphone to generate a code. This code is the final piece of information needed to verify your identity.

In addition to your password, multi-factor authentication provides a second layer of security by sending an approval request to an enrolled device. By requiring two different modes of authentication, the University can protect user logins from remote hacks or phishing attacks that are likely to exploit compromised or stolen user credentials.