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Authentication Methods - Multi-Factor Authentication
Use this page to determine which multi-factor authentication method is right for you!
Option 1: Microsoft Authenticator App (Six Digit Code)


How to verify: You must enter a code from the Microsoft Authenticator app into the login window to verify logins.

 Details:
  • Uses Microsoft Authenticator app on smartphone or tablet
  • A six digit code is entered to verify login
  • Requirements:
    • Ability to download apps on smartphone or tablet
    • A cellular data or wifi connection on the smartphone or tablet. This is needed for only the initial download of the app. Verification codes do not need a data connection
    • The Microsoft Authenticator App MUST remain on the smartphone or tablet for all verifications. It cannot be deleted.
  • MOST SECURE METHOD!!


Option 2: Text Messages (Six Digit Code)


How to verify: You must enter a code from an SMS text message into the login window to verify logins.

 Details:

  • Does not require smart phone or tablet
  • A six digit code (sent as a text message) is entered to log in
  • Requirements:
    • Access to a mobile phone which can receive SMS text messages
    • A cellular (non-data) connection for all verifications
  • SECOND MOST SECURE METHOD!!


Option 3: Microsoft Authenticator App (Push Notification)


How to verify: You must acknowledge (tap) a pop-notification from the Microsoft Authenticator app to verify.

Details:
  • Uses Microsoft Authenticator app on smartphone or tablet
  • A push message is verified (tapped) to login
  • Requirements:
    • Ability to download apps on smartphone or tablet
    • A cellular data or wifi connection on the smartphone or tablet. This is needed for both the initial download of the app and for all verifications.
    • The Microsoft Authenticator App MUST remain on the smartphone or tablet for all verifications. It cannot be deleted.


Option 4: Phone Call (Press #)


How to verify: You receive a phone call from Microsoft and must press “#” key to verify.

Details:
  • Does not require smartphone or tablet
  • A phone call is received from Microsoft and “#” key is pressed
  • Requirements:
    • Access to any mobile phone (or land line)
    • Cellular (non-data) connection for mobile phone calls


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