Multi-Factor Authentication

What is Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is a common but effective security tool to help keep your account and information safe, adding an additional layer of protection using more than one verification method (such as only using a password), preventing cybercriminals and hackers from gaining access to your personal information, including email, documents, grades, or other information.

Where is MFA used?

MFA will first be used when logging into Microsoft O365, which includes Outlook 9email), Word (papers, letters, etc...), Excel (spreadsheets) and PowerPoint (presentations). In addition, MFA will be used when accessing OneDrive, where documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or any other files are saved.

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Multifactor Authentication (MFA) - Self Enrollment

Visit the website https://minnstate.edu/mfa, you will need to sign in to Microsoft O365.

Login with the following username

For Students: put in your StarID@go.minnstate.edu
Example: ab1234qw@go.minnstate.edu
For Staff/Faculty: put in your StarID@minnstate.edu
Example: ab1234qw@minnstate.edu

Password is your StarID password

After logging in your will see the following screen. Click on the blue button Enable Multi Factor Authentication for <your name>


You will see the following screen, click on https://aka.ms/mfasetup to continue



You may or may not see this screen, it seems to vary, if you see this screen click on Next



Keep it on Authentication phone, select United States and put in your phone number. Keep it on Call me since this is just to verify one time who you are.



This is the main screen for your information that will be used for MFA.

If you have a cell phone choose Text code to my authentication phone

If you have an office phone choose Call my authentication phone

Click on box before Authentication phone, enter your primary phone number

Click on box for Alternate Authentication phone and put in a second phone number as backup

  • Second phone number could be a personal phone, or someone's number you trust.




If you have any questions or difficulties with anything in this walkthrough email help@mesabirange.edu