Setting Up 2 Factor Authentication

Your password protects your account. You can also add a second layer of protection with "2 Factor Authentication" so even if somebody manages to steal your password, it is not enough to get into your account. This additional form of authentication is completely independent from your username and password.

How It Works

    You will login as usual with your username and password, then use either an Authenticator App, Backup Code, or a Security Key to verify that it is in fact you.

   Authenticator App

        Using a mobile authenticator app on your smartphone or tablet as a second factor during login. Authenticator apps are available on both Android and IOS devices. Enabling this option will require that you enter a code generated by the authenticator app as a second factor during the login process.

   Backup Codes

        Backup codes come in sets of 10 that you generate at https://myuser.nmu.edu/user. Each of the 10 Backup Codes can only be used only one time. When a backup code is used it will become inactive. Typically you print them out, keep them in a secure location, and check them off as you use each one. You can generate a new set codes at any point, automatically making the old set inactive.

   Security Key

        Requires FIDO U2F Security Key device, typically a USB device, to be attached to the computer you are logging in from. NOTE: Security keys are currently only compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers.

Recommendations

  • Enable more than one Two factor authentication method!
  • Trust more than one browser/device. it's best if you don’t trust them on the same day/time, so that they don’t all expire at the same time. The browser/device trust is managed through the use of browser cookies, so if you clear your browser's cookies then you it cancel any existing 30 day trust and cause the two factor authentication prompt to occur when you next login.
  • Enable Two factor authentication for your Google G Suite Account. Google documentation for 2 step can be found at https://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/2step/ and https://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/2step/#tab=how-it-works

Setting Up 2 Factor Authentication

  1.  If you are planning to use an Authenticator app on a smartphone or tablet device, download an app to your phone to manage your two factor authentication such as Authy from https://authy.com or Google Authenticator from https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1066447?visit_id=1-636474765789074938-3272926476&hl=en&rd=1. NMU does not support text messaging two factor authentication.
  2. If you planning on using a Security key have the key available before starting this process.
  3. Go to https://myuser.nmu.edu/user and click on "Manage Account".
  4. Log in with your NMU UserID and password.
  5. Click on "Options" tab and then the "2-Step Verification" option.
  6. Select the type of authentication you want to use.
    1. If you are using an Authenticator app follow the steps and scan the QR code into your phone or tablet using the Authenticator app you downloaded in step 1.
    2. If you are using Backup Codes be sure to print or record the codes listed on the screen before you log out.
    3. If you are using a Security key have the key available and follow the instructions.

Notes:

See also: 2 Factor Authentication Frequently Asked Questions

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