How do I set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) is a system that provides an important layer of security to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your private, confidential information stored in your e-mail, files, and computers by requiring a request to use your account to be sent to the Microsoft Authenticator app (preferred method), text message, or voice call.

There are three basic methods to receive MFA requests. Click on any of them to be taken to the instructions on how to set them up.

  1. (PREFERRED METHOD) Microsoft Authenticator App.

  2. Text Message that will deliver a verification code that will have to be typed in once received.

  3. Voice call to a designated phone number that will verbally provide you with authentication instructions.

Microsoft Authenticator App

  1. Start by logging in to My Vol State and you will be prompted to set up your MFA.
    More Information Required MFA
  2. On the second window, you will need to select:
    1. Mobile app
    2. Under How do you want to use the mobile app, select Receive notifications for verification.
  3. Download and install Microsoft Authenticator App on your phone. 
  4. Click Set up and open the Microsoft Authenticator App from your phone to scan the QR code.
  5. Open the Microsoft Authenticator App and select the + (plus) icon in the upper-right corner. 
    1. Select Work or school account
  6.  Click on Scan QR Code and point your phone's camera at the QR code shown in Step 4 on the screen of your computer.
  7. Once scanned you are ready to use the Authenticator App you will be prompted to click Next on the screen shown in step 4.
  8. You will be sent a test authentication in which you will need to click Approve on your cell phone.
  9. You will be taken to an Additional Security Verification option to enter your cell phone number as a recovery method.
  10. You should then be taken to the website you were attempting to access.
  11. IMPORTANT NOTE: You may choose to turn off the App Lock setting on the Microsoft Authenticator App that is on your phone.  Go to Settings (3 vertical lines in top left) then click Settings. Scroll down till you see App Lock and slide the dot to mark it unchecked (gray).  Now you will not be asked to unlock your phone after each authentication.

Text Message

  1. Navigate to https://mysignins.microsoft.com/security-info
  2. Under Security Info you can click on + Add sign-in method.
  3. Select Phone from drop-down and then click on Add.
  4. Enter your phone number and make sure United States (+1) is selected for country and select Text me a code and click Next.
  5. Once you receive the text, enter the code received and click Next.
  6. You'll receive a verification message, SMS verified. Your phone was registered successfully and then click Done.

Phone Verification

(preferably another phone and as a backup to the Microsoft Authenticator App)

NOTE: This should only be set up as a secondary backup to the Microsoft Authenticator App or Text as you will have to be able to receive the call to log in.

  1. Navigate to https://mysignins.microsoft.com/security-info.
  2. Under Security Info you can click on + Add sign-in method.
  3. Select Office phone or Phone from drop-down and then click on Add.
  4. Enter your phone number and make sure United States (+1) is selected for country and selectt Call Me then click Next.
  5. Your phone will ring; answer it and it will provide you with instructions to authenticate.
  6. Once verified, the call will end and you will receive a verification message, Call answered. Your phone was registered successfully.

Still Need Help?

If you're experiencing a technical problem with MFA, help is only a ticket or phone call away. 

Contact the IT Help Desk at 615-230-3302, visit them in Thigpen 202, or put in a ticket.

If you're unable to submit a ticket, you can also email us for help with your MFA issue.

Details

Article ID: 146106
Created
Tue 8/23/22 2:41 PM
Modified
Wed 9/28/22 10:54 AM

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