Information about multi-factor authentication (MFA)
What is Multi-factor authentication?
The University is implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) users across the University. This means you will be asked to verify your account using a second factor, such as a code from an app on your phone, text message, or a phone call.
MFA is being rolled out to all SSO accounts from January 2021 by surname.
How does MFA work?
You can verify your account using any of the following methods:
- Using the Microsoft authenticator app on your mobile phone
- Receiving an SMS on your mobile phone
- Requesting a phone call on a landline or mobile phone
- Authy desktop authenticator app
- Using a hardware token
There is more detail about how to set up each of these methods before your MFA deployment date on the How to prepare for MFA page on the Projects website.
If you already have MFA on your SSO account, there is guidance for setting up more authentication methods on the MFA: Help and guidance page.