Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires a user to present at least two factors that prove their identity.
Types of Authenticaton Factors:
- One factor is the familiar username and password, representing something you know.
- Something you have: A smartphone, keycard, or USB device, all serving as tangible proof of your identity.
- Something you are: Biometric data like fingerprints, iris scans, or facial recognition, confirming your unique identity.
By incorporating a secondary factor alongside your username and password, you create an additional layer of protection for your privacy.
How to Enable MFA in Microsoft 365
By setting up MFA in Microsoft 365, you add an extra layer of security to your user account sign-in.
How it works in Microsft 365:
- Enter your username / password
- Approve the sign in request in the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device
- Your login reqest is then approved
1) Sign In to Microsoft 365
Open a web browser and sign in with your work account to Microsoft 365 you’ll then be prompted for more information.
Once you see the prompt above click next to show the first time configuration screen.
2) Install Microsoft Authenticator
The default authentication method used in Microsoft 365 is the free Microsoft Authenticator app available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
- Google Play – Download Microsoft Authenticator for Android
- Apple iOS – Download Microsoft Authenticator for iOS
If you already have it installed on your mobile device, select Next and follow the prompts to add this account.
3) User Account Configuration
Open the Microsoft Authenticator App on your phone, Tap the + icon and select Work or School Account.
Using your mobile device you will now need to scan the QR code shown on the configuration screen on your computer in Microsoft Authenticator.
Your account will be now be added automatically to the authenticator app and will display a six-digit code.
Once activitaion status is shown as complete you’ll be able to click the Contact me button to send a request to Microsoft Authenticator for approval.
4) Finish Set Up
Once you approve the authenticator prompt on your mobile device you will have completed the setup for MFA on your account.
On your computer, follow any prompts that you might see such as adding a mobile number and you are good to go!
From now on, whenever you have a new sign in or add your Microsoft 365 work or school account to an app, you’ll open the Authenticator app on your phone and tap Approve.
You may also be prompted to enter a verification number shown on the mobile app to confirm.