What is Multi-factor Authentication?

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) provides and extra layer of security to your MSVU account by enabling a second piece of information to login. This second piece of information can be in the form of a mobile app, SMS text message, phone call or from a hardware token.

When you sign in to an application using your MSVU account you will be prompted by either a mobile app push notification, a text message, a phone call, or you can use a hardware token to generate a code.

Why do I need this?

MFA helps protect your account by keeping it secure even if your password becomes compromised. This is  important in today’s online environment where cybercriminals are constantly trying to steal login and personal information through phishing emails, malicious links, fake online forms, and more.

With MFA, you are protecting yourself and the MSVU community against these sorts of attacks.

Passwords are easy to hack.  There are many techniques used by bad actors to harvest or guess your password.  Statistically MFA reduces the likelihood that your account will be compromised by 99.9%.  https://www.cisa.gov/shields-up


Once your account is enrolled, MFA will be required to access all Microsoft Office 365 services and the following applications that use Microsoft for authentication:

  • myMount
  • Intranet
  • CareerConnect
  • LibAuth
  • ALMA
  • Minitab
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Beauceron

When will MFA be enabled on my account?

MFA was turned on for all active faculty, student and staff accounts on 28 June 2022. You will have been notified in advance of MFA being enabled on your account.

MFA Resources