Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

The University of Alaska provides multi-factor authentication (MFA) to help protect UA students and employees and the data they have access to.

MFA combines multiple elements (or factors) unique to you to protect your account. These elements can include things you know (e.g. a password or PIN), things you have (e.g. a smartphone or security key), or things that you are (e.g. a fingerprint or other biometric information). At UA, the first factor is a password that only you know. The second factor is a device - such as a smartphone, phone, tablet, or token - that the account owner has possession of. 

MFA protects against phishing, social engineering, and password brute-force attacks and secures your account from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials. With MFA, your password alone is no longer enough to access your account, dramatically improving account security.

Learn more by reading the Introduction to Multi-Factor Authentication article in the knowledge base.

Eligible Peoples

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Student Employee

Getting Started

Enrolling in MFA is quick and easy.

  1. First login to ELMO.
  2. Click Security Settings 
  3. Click the Multi-Factor Authentication option.
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