WHAT IS 2FA?
A second step to prove who you are when logging into an account. In addition to your password, you have to provide something else, such as a code generated from a mobile app or a one-time code sent via text message.
HOW DOES 2FA WORK?
It requires something you know, such as your password.
It requires something you have access to, such as your mobile device.
WHY SHOULD I USE 2FA?
Stealing passwords is one of the most common ways cyber attackers hack into online accounts. Two-factor authentication adds another layer of protection. Even if a cyber attacker steals your password, they won’t be able to access your account. The best part is that two-factor authentication is very easy to set up and simple to use.
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- Reduced risk of identity theft.
- Another major benefit of opting in to 2FA is that you will be able to use Self Service Password Reset (SSPR). This service allows you to reset your McGill password quickly and securely from a web browser by providing two authentication methods, such as acknowledging a text message sent to your mobile device and answering a security question.
HOW WILL 2FA AFFECT THE WAY I SIGN IN TO OFFICE 365?
2FA will not change how you sign in when you are on campus. It will only be triggered when you are working off campus and signing into Office 365 applications. As McGill's 2FA deployment strategy progresses, additional applications containing sensitive data will also require 2FA.