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What is Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) and Why Do I Need It?


Microsoft Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to have something you know (username and password) and something you possess (e.g., cell phone or hardware token). When Office 365 applications and services require two-factor authentication, it prevents anyone but you from using your account, even if someone else knows your password.

Two-factor authentication either requires a unique security code each time your account is accessed on an untrusted device, application, or web browser or an acknowledgement via your smart phone using the Microsoft Authenticator App.  

Why is Indiana Wesleyan Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication?

The use of two-factor authentication is quickly becoming the norm for most universities and colleges. In addition, federal and state governments have mandated the use of two-factor authentication for years.

In addition, the Department of Education is considering requiring two-factor authentication for schools to continue receiving federal financial aid.


What are the Benefits of Using Two-Factor Authentication?

The main benefit of using two-factor authentication is a significant increase in your account’s protection. If you receive a security code or push notification when you are not trying to log in to your account, you’ll immediately know that someone else is attempting to do so. If this does happen, you should change your password and contact the IWU Information Technology department immediately! Other benefits include:

·       Two-factor authentication adds an extra barrier between your personal information and the bad guys.

·       Two-factor authentication can help keep attackers from accessing your email, documents, payroll, personal information, or research data.

·       Two-factor authentication reduces the risk of hackers using your IWU account to perform harmful activities.

·       Two-factor authentication helps protect IWU’s systems.