In today’s digital landscape, securing your online accounts is vital. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) serves as a security defense to protect yourself against cybercriminals. MFA requires anyone logging into an account to navigate a multi-step process to prove their identity, making it twice as hard for criminals to access an online account.

Enabling MFA or two-factor authentication (2FA) is a highly effective action to safeguard your accounts and personal information. MFA can include:

  • An extra PIN
  • Answering security questions
  • Receiving an additional code via text or email
  • Using biometric identifiers like facial recognition or a fingerprint
  • Using an authenticator app (like those from Microsoft, Google, or Duo)
  • A secure token, which is a separate piece of hardware (like a key fob that holds information) that verifies a person’s identity with a database or system

While MFA or 2FA might introduce a few extra steps during the login process, it can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful attempt by a cybercriminal.

Learn more about the University of Chicago’s 2FA tools that will enhance the security of your CNetID account. Many of the University’s most frequently used online services and systems use 2FA for additional protection, including the Grants Management System (AURA), Workday, UChicago Canvas, Box, G Suite, the Academic Information System (AIS), and many others.

Simply put, use MFA everywhere!

Note: Not every account offers MFA or 2FA, but it’s becoming more popular every day.