Ohio University

Multi-Factor Authentication


Multi-factor authentication adds a telephone or mobile app-based verification step to your OHIO login. Because a successful multi-factor login requires both a correct password and access to a specific telephone or mobile device, it makes it much harder for a cyber attacker to use a lost or stolen password to access your account.

Depending on your role at the university and the systems or data you have access to, you may be asked to use multi-factor authentication when signing into those systems.



  • Protect your OHIO login from lost or stolen passwords.
  • Verify your login via mobile app, text message, or automated phone call.
  • "Remember me for 30 days" option for frequently used browsers and devices.
  • Manage your devices from the login page for any multi-factor enabled service.
  • Option to use multi-factor with all services that use the standard OHIO login page.


  • Faculty, staff, and emeriti.
  • Student workers who need to access protected data.

How to Request

  • EMPLOYEES: Multi-factor authentication is required for most core University online services, including My Personal Information. The first time you try to log into a protected service, the login page will step you through enrolling in multi-factor authentication.
  • STUDENT EMPLOYEES: Contact the IT Service Desk to enable multi-factor authentication for student employees who need access to protected services.