Multi-Factor Authentication Overview
What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
Multi-Factor Authentication is a security technology that helps protect your Middlebury and GMHEC accounts from potential compromise by requiring the use of more than just a username and password to prove your identity during login.
Why do I need Multi-Factor Authentication?
Multi-Factor Authentication helps safeguard your Middlebury and GMHEC accounts from online criminals who would steal your credentials and use them to launch cyber attacks from our technology services and/or steal sensitive and confidential information.
What are the benefits of Multi-Factor Authentication
Signing up for MFA will bring the following benefits:
- Removes the external sender warning on e-mail.
- Enhances security for your account and the systems and data you have access to.
- Provides a more secure way to recover a lost Middlebury password.
- Coming soon - Passwords never expire!
Over 1,100 people on campus are already registered for MFA, including more than 150 faculty members.
How does Multi-Factor Authentication work?
Middlebury's implementation of Multi-Factor Authentication has been designed so that you can easily protect your account. Here is how it works...
- If you are logging in to a Multi-Factor Authentication protected service from within the Middlebury or Monterey networks, you will not be prompted for verification. All account compromises that have occurred in the last year have been from outside our networks.
- If you are logging in to a Multi-Factor Authentication protected service from outside our networks, there is one additional step. After correctly entering your Middlebury email address and password at the login screen of the service you wish to access, you will then be prompted to verify that it is actually you trying to log in. This verification can come to you in the form of a phone call, text message, or mobile app notification or code.
- Important note: During the login process you can click the checkbox to remember my device for 30 days. With this setting enabled, you won’t be prompted again for Multi-Factor Authentication from that application on that device for another thirty days.