Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA) is an additional security step to verify your identity when you login to key University applications. This extra layer of security protects your user account from unauthorised access.

How Multifactor Authentication works

3 step image demonstrating MFA verification on a mobile device

  • When you'll be prompted to verify

    MFA may prompt you at any time to confirm it’s really you logging in:

    • The first time you login to a browser that you have not logged into before
    • The first time you access your applications from a device that you have not logged into before
    • Any time you login from a country that is different to the country of your last login
  • Security benefits of MFA

    MFA helps protect accounts by adding an additional verification step to confirm the identity of users so that even if a cyber-criminal knows an individual’s password, the added layer will stop them accessing user accounts and key information such as:

    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Bank Details
    • Medical Records
    • Your work and files

Your MFA options

Okta Verify App logo
Okta Verify app
(Primary factor for staff and students)
Google Authenticator App logo
Google Authenticator app
(Recommended backup factor)
What's required?Okta Verify app downloaded to smartphone or tabletGoogle Authenticator app downloaded to smartphone or tablet
How it worksUser accepts a push notification sent in the app
or
User types in a six-digit verification code generated by the app when offline
User types in a six-digit verification code generated by the app
Supports push notificationsYesNo
Mobile device compatibleYes
 
- iOS 11.0 compatible device
- Android version 6.0+
- Windows Phone version 8.0+
Yes

-  Android version 2.3.3+
- iOS version 7.0+
Available offlineYesYes
Works with VPNYesYes
Can be installed on more than one smart device

No

The University recommends using Google Authenticator as a backup factor

Yes

Ready to Enrol?

Visit the Enrolling for MFA page using the button below to quickly and easily enrol your smartphone for MFA.

Visit the Enrolling for MFA page