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Multi-Factor Authentication

MFA STEP-BY-STEP SETUP

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is required for your Southern account. This guide will show you how to set it up.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you set up at least 2 MFA methods (phone number + Authenticator app)

  1. Go to https://aka.ms/mfasetup
  2. Type your Southern email address and click Next
    Step 2
  3. Click Next at the "More information required" prompt
    Step 4
  4. Type your password at the next page and sign in.SAU Login page
  5. Choose YES or NO when asked to stay signed in.Stay signed in page
  6. Keep clicking Next until you see a QR Code. Just leave the screen open and go grab your Phone or Tablet.QR Code Sample
  7. Download the Microsoft Authenticator app on your iPhone or Android device.
    Microsoft Authenticator
  8. After installing the Microsoft Authenticator app. Choose Work or School Account.Work Or School Account
  9. Then choose Scan QR Code option and scan the QR code at your screen from number 6.Scan QR Code
  10. After successfully scanned the QR Code, click Next. If prompted, allow Notifications and Approve
    Test Approval
  11. After approving the Microsoft Authenticator notification, click "I want to set up a different method" so you can also add your phone number.
    MFA Setup
  12. Choose "Phone" from the drop-down box and then enter your phone number and choose between "text me a code" and "call me" and then click Next.
    MFA Setup
  13. Follow the instructions to verify your phone and then once you reach the "Success!" screen you can click Done.
    MFA Setup

MFA is now set up on your account and you can login at https://myaccess.southern.edu

If you're not expecting an MFA request, Deny the login and reach out to IT. It's possible that your account has been compromised.