Tips on Setting up your Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

How to set up MFA

With the importance of securing accounts on the rise, the easiest and quickest change you can make is the implementation of MFA on your accounts. MFA stands for Multi-factor Authentication. It adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Evelina Fishman, a Project Manager from Klik with almost 10 years of experience gives her tips on setting up your MFA for Office 365.

Most of the well-known tech giants like Facebook, GitHub, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Apple, and others use MFA nowadays. Even some financial institutions are adopting such a practice to protect them and their client’s data Even if your password is compromised, with MFA code, it’s much harder to hack an account unless the second key is also compromised. The idea behind MFA is that when you try to login to your account, a second key is required to access the account. Sometimes it’s a six-digit code that is sent to your phone or an authenticator app that generates a code. Though we suggest you set up an MFA authenticator app rather than text because text messages can be intercepted

Taking this simple step by enabling MFA will go far in protecting your company and employees from phishing scams and accounts getting hacked.

Here are our tips on setting up multi-factor authentication for office 365

  1. 1. At the very beginning, make sure that you have Global admin rights, which is essential to manage MFA and sign in to the Microsoft 365 admin center with global admin credentials.

  2. 2. Before enabling Security defaults, turn off legacy per person MFA if you previously have turned it on. To do this, select Users, then move to Active users, and on the multi-factor authentication, page set their Multi-Factor auth status to Disabled.

  3. 3. If you have Office 2013 clients on Windows devices, make sure that the Modern Authentication is turned on. If you purchased your subscription a long time ago, it might not be automatically turned on.

  4. 4. In some cases, an advanced approach is required. If you have third-party directory services with Active Directory Federation Services, you will need to set up the Azure MFA Server.

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