What is MFA and why do I need it?
By setting up MFA, you add an extra layer of security to your Microsoft 365 account sign-in. For example, you first specify your username and password and, when prompted, you also type a dynamically generated verification code provided by an authenticator app or sent to your phone.
If somebody else tries to sign in as you, they’ll enter your username and password, then when they get prompted for that second factor they’re stuck! Unless they have YOUR smartphone, they have no way of getting that 6-digit number to enter. And the 6-digit number in Microsoft Authenticator changes every 30 seconds, so even if they knew the number you used to sign in last week, they’re still locked out now.
Set up MFA
- Click on the link below or type it into a web browser
- Enter your username and password to sign in.
- You will then be asked to provide more information, click Next.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to setup the Microsoft Authenticator App on your smartphone.
- You will then be asked to add your mobile phone number.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to set this up.
- A success screen will display when you have completed the whole set up, click Done.
- The default method for MFA will be the authenticator app but you can receive the code via text/call if required.
Change MFA Options
- If you need to update any of the methods used for MFA, login to MS 365 and navigate to Security info in Account settings or click the link below.
- From here you can change the default sign-in method or update details associated with each method.