Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a standard security practice that requires the use of two or more methods of verifying an account identity. One example might be your bank requiring you to enter a code that was sent to you via text message when logging into your banking website; your username and password are one method of authentication, and the security code is another. MFA provides additional security by requiring more than just a username and password when signing into your account, meaning that if someone obtains your password, they are less likely to gain access to your account.
Beloit College uses QuickLaunch to manage your account and to provide you with MFA options when logging in to Beloit apps and services. Setting up MFA is a one time process, after which you will be prompted to use an additional verification step when logging in. You will also have the option to ‘trust’ a device, such as your personal workstation, to skip this extra step during every login. Suspicious logins, or login attempts from an unknown device or location, will still prompt for a second verification step to keep your account secure.
How it works
Once enabled for your account, you’ll see an additional security prompt after logging into a Beloit system with your username and password. This helps prevent someone from accessing your account if they somehow obtain your password.
Select an available option, and follow the prompts to verify your identity.
Use Security Questions will prompt you to answer 3 of your 5 security questions correctly.
Send me an Email sends a code to a non-Beloit email address which you must enter to continue.
Send me a Text Message sends a code via SMS to your cell phone which you must enter to continue.
Use YubiKey Recovery requires pressing a button on your attached YubiKey device.
Use Google Authenticator requires you to enter a one-time passcode from the Google Authenticator app on your mobile device.
You can also check the box labelled “Trust this device” to suppress this prompt when logging in from the same device and location.
Signing in from a new device or location will require you to perform this second verification again.
If you receive a verification code at a time when you are not logging into your account, it may mean that someone else is attempting to log in to your account and you should change your password.
Setting up MFA
Use the following steps to set up verification options for MFA: