Multi-factor authentication, also known as two-step verification, means that you log in in two steps: using a password and an a verification via your phone. At KI, you need to use multi-factor authentication to connect to VPN. You can also use it to secure your Office 365 account.
Activate multi-factor authentication
To enable multi-factor authentication, you must add at least one additional method for verification besides your password. You can choose the method that suits you best.
- Multi-factor authentication through the Microsoft Authenticator app
- Multi-factor authentication via text message or phone call
When you have registered your methods for login, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to activate multi-factor authentication when logging into your Office365 account (including Outlook). You will need to log in with the app, text message code or phone call every 14th day, or when you log in on a new device, when you change your web browser or have removed the web browser's cache.
When do I need to use multi-factor authentication?
- Login to VPN Cisco AnyConnect
- To reset your password if you forgot it
- Login to KI ELN from outside KI network (e.g. from home)
The IT Office also recommends enabling multi-factor authentication to log into your Office 365 account, which includes your e-mail account. This significantly reduces the risk of your account being hacked.