Multifactor Authentication (MFA) for WWU Universal Accounts

Why Multifactor Authentication?

Multifactor authentication, commonly referred to as MFA, is a method for securing an account with multiple means of verifying your identity.

Western places a high value on your safety and security, and that includes your online information and identity. 

Multifactor authentication will commonly use two elements for protection - something you know, such as a password, and something that you have, such as the Microsoft Authenticator app, to provide two different forms of authentication. Having multiple requirements to verify identity when logging into Western services is the best form of protection against phishing attacks that have become more common in the last few years. Multifactor authentication can protect access to your account, personal information, and university data in the event that your password is obtained by a malicious actor. 

Sign Up for Multifactor Authentication

  1. Install and configure an MFA method.

    We recommend using the Microsoft Authenticator app. Review the knowledgebase article on installing and configuring the Microsoft Authenticator app. In addition to the Microsoft Authenticator app, there are alternative authentication methods available
  2. Complete the opt-in form.

    After configuring at least one additional form of authentication, please complete this opt-in form to enable the policies that will enforce multifactor authentication using the additional methods configured on your account. Without completing the form, MFA will not be enabled on your account. 

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions please review our FAQ regarding MFA. If you have a question that isn't covered by the FAQ or require some additional assistance please reach out to the ATUS Help Desk