Multi-Factor Authentication



Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is defined as a security process that requires more than one method of authentication from independent sources to verify the user’s identity. In other words, a person wishing to use the system is given access only after providing two or more pieces of information which uniquely identifies that person.

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MFA adds an additional layer of protection to your account. An authentication protected by MFA will usually start the same way as any other login – by requiring a username and password. After your password is verified, MFA will require a second form of verification to ensure that the correct person is accessing an account – hence the “multi” in MFA. You will be prompted for MFA if there is any unusual or suspicious activity on your account.

How it works

There are three categories of credentials: something you either know, have, or are. Here are some examples in each category.


In order to gain access, your credentials must come from at least two different categories. One of the most common methods is to login using your username and password. Then a unique one-time code will be generated and sent to your phone or email, which you would then enter within the allotted amount of time. This unique code is the second factor.


Something you know

  • Password/Pass phrase
  • Pin Number

Something you have

  • Security Token or App
  • Verification Text, Call, Email
  • Smart Card

Something you are

  • Fingerprint
  • Facial Recognition
  • Voice Recognition


What are the benefits?


Prevent unauthorized access – MFA is one of the most effective ways to prevent the bad guys from having access to sensitive data.


Better Visibility – If a bad guy attempts to authenticate to your accounts with MFA enabled, you would receive the text message or notification to verify the authentication. If you weren’t trying to sign in at the time you received that alert, it is easy to identify that your password is probably compromised.


Less Worry – We encourage you to always use MFA when given the option, regardless of whether it is a work or personal account. It is a proven way to lessen the likelihood that a data breach will impact you.


Activate MFA on your accounts right away!


MFA is now available for your Kent State account! Applying this additional level of security will protect authentications to all university systems including FlashLine, Blackboard Learn and your Kent State email. While you have likely used MFA elsewhere, Kent State’s is different. Don’t expect to see an MFA prompt every time you sign in. We will only challenge your authentication with MFA if we believe that the authentication seems unusual for your account or if you are accessing an application that requires elevated security.


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